There are a wide variety of face masks now on the market and they tend to differ in quality and in comfort. The key features of a mask/covering which will help the wearer in this current pandemic are:-
1/ they are comfortable- ideally breathable, anti-bacterial and cool to enable wear for prolonged periods
2/ Helps protect the wearer by fitting correctly
Features and benefits of an ideal manufactured face covering for everyday wear during the COVID19 pandemic.
The ideal face covering should be comfortable to wear and the user should be able to breathe easily through the fabric.
The face mask should fit comfortably around the nose and under the eyes, and be easily adjusted if necessary. The mask should fit underneath the chin and provide good coverage on the face, fitting snuggly under the chin and around he face so the mask does not move unnecessarily as it is been worn. Face masks or coverings with anti-bacterial features such as Silvadur ™ or triclosan will help kill bacteria on the material and provide the wearer with added protection.
The material of the mask should be soft and durable to enhance the comfort of the wearer. If the mask is reusable, then the material ideally should maintain its shape, to enable multiple washes, which will enhance the lifetime of the face mask. The material ideally should be able to be washed at high temperatures and ironed if necessary. High temperatures are better to destroy any bacteria on the mask or face covering. Reusable masks come in a variety of different colours.
The material of the disposable mask should also be comfortable and easy to breathe through. The loops should be easily adjustable on the face and fit comfortably. The disposable masks come in different colours, generally in blue, green and white.
Examples of masks currently available to buy:-
1)The Medasun Marena, reusable, anti-bacterial and breathable face masks vhttps://www.medasun.co.uk/reusable-antibacterial-face-masks/
are made from Triflex™ material enabling the wearer to breathe easily, and keep cool, whilst wearing the mask, due to the unique nature of the fabric and its Coolmax™ rating. The material is protected from bacterial growth with Silvadur™ integrated into the fabric. The masks are durable and can be worn comfortably for long periods- ie during an 8 hour day 1 mask would be fine to wear all day.
The Marena reusable washable and anti-bacterial masks are designed from a unique material which can sustain multiple washes without losing its shape or properties. This means the masks will last a long time even after washing following wear. It is recommended the user purchase 2 masks, one to wash and one to wear.
The material can be ironed and washed at high temperatures. https://www.medasun.co.uk/reusable-antibacterial-face-masks/