Comparing the Best Face Masks on the Market

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our society dramatically. While we have found a path toward normalcy and have made strides to reduce transmission of coronavirus, the danger of contracting the virus is a looming reality – especially for the most at-risk members of society.

While washing your hands and increasing disinfection practices to limit person-to-surface-to-person contact have helped, reducing transmission and inhalation of coronavirus particles is critical. Because of this, masks have been a major component to the successful reduction in transmission rates for COVID-19. However, not all face coverings are created equal -- and one mask has emerged as the best mask for COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and the United States gears up for a second wave, the question of where to buy face masks, and which type of face mask is best to reduce the spread of COVID-19, has been put center stage.

Homemade Cloth Face Masks

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) originally recommended that the public use handmade cloth face masks, bandanas, or pieces of old clothing as a way to ensure that scarce supplies of surgical masks or N95 respirators could be saved for frontline health care workers and medical professionals.

Homemade masks do not meet FDA or federal personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, and do not prevent the inhalation of airborne coronavirus particles if the wearer comes in contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

However, homemade masks have been found to reduce hand-to-mouth and hand-to-nose contact. The presence of the mask, even a homemade one, creates a barrier between individuals to reduce exposure to respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing.

The cleanliness of homemade masks can be compromised quickly, as the masks only act as a partial barrier against airborne particles. Further, ill-fitting homemade masks may not provide the wearer with an airtight seal over their mouth and nose – further reducing the effectiveness of the mask.

N95 Respiratory Masks

N95 Respiratory Masks are designed to catch particles as small as 0.3 microns when properly fitted to form an airtight seal covering the wearer’s nose and mouth. While many assume (incorrectly) that N95 masks operate like strainers, allowing only particles that are small enough to pass through, in actuality, the masks operate like a spider’s web – using electrostatic force to ‘trap’ particles.

While the N95 mask prevents the coronavirus particles from being inhaled, the particles remain on the mask, itself – and can be transferred to the wearer’s mouth and nose if he or she is not careful.

Medicevo Graphene Masks

Medicevo Graphene Masks are coronavirus face masks that feature an embedded graphene netting which destroys virus particles, instead of just catching them. The graphene netting is woven into one of the layers of the mask, creating a microscopic sharp edge that slices through the infectious virus. Because of this, Medicevo Graphene Masks provide a Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) of 98% -- higher than N95 Masks.

In addition, Medicevo Graphene Masks have been submitted for evaluation to the American Society for Testing and Materials standard, the same test that masks must pass in order to be sold to hospitals and first responders.

If N95 masks are like a spider web, Medicevo Graphene Masks can be likened to a thorny rosebush, through which coronavirus, in the form of a water balloon, is thrown. As the ‘water balloon’ passes through the rosebush, its thorns cut into the water balloons – spilling out the water and rendering them useless. Similarly, when a coronavirus particle comes in contact with a Medicevo’s Graphene Mask, the mask’s sharp netting slices through the virus – neutralizing the threat instantly. Graphene is also water-repellant and prevents bacteria from having access to moisture that they need to reproduce and spread.

Medicevo Graphene Masks feature four layers of protection for the wearer. The mask’s outer layer is made of high-quality antibacterial, non-woven fabric that has a strong air permeability, but isolates droplets and large particles. Next, the graphene layer and patented plating technology kills more than 99% of viruses and germs on contact. A melt-blown cloth layer creates an isolation and dustproof effect, filtering particles less than 0.3 microns in size. Finally, a skin-friendly inner lining with honeycomb-woven fabric stretches over the wearer’s nose and mouth for a secure fit.

The combination of multiple layers and advanced graphene technology makes Medicevo the best non-surgical, reusable face mask to protect against COVID-19 available on the market.

The Medicevo Face Mask’s organic lining ensures it is the most comfortable face masks to protect against COVID-19 and the flu. The masks fit comfortably with adjustable ear loops and a chain wrap, which creates an airtight seal over the wearer’s nose and mouth – which doesn’t fog up any eyewear or glasses that the user may wear.

The masks have been scientifically proven to not only kill COVID-19 particles, but also other types of infectious disease – a combination key for disease control and prevention during the pandemic and during flu season.

While most masks available must be disposed after each use, Medicevo Graphene Masks can be worn for up to 15 days.

The chart below provides a side by side look at several varieties of face masks on the market today to highlight which are the best face masks are best.

 

Homemade Masks

N95 Respiratory Masks

Medicevo Graphene Masks

Reusable

Must be washed after every use

Temporarily

Reusable for 15 days

Stops Germs

No

Yes

Yes

Kills Germs

No

No

Yes

Comfortable for 8+ Hours

No

No

Yes

Meets FDA Requirements

No

Yes

Yes

BFE 98%

No

No

Yes

Includes multiple layers

No

Yes

Yes

Medicevo Graphene Face Masks come in three sizes for children and adults, and retail in packs of 5 disposable face masks for $39.95. 

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