Not all facemasks can help protect against the flu.
“Good protection is built on two factors: a good filter and a good seal. “
The basic principle of any mask is straightforward: Isolation (Proper Seal) and Filtering. The function of the respirator is to force all the air entering the breathing zone through the air filters. Once a good seal is formed with the face.
Protection only works with strict hygiene when putting on a mask — disposal of possibly contaminated disposable items and regular hand washing.
Surgical Masks are not good enough for airborne contamination.
They reduce the spread of germs from a patient, not intended to prevent airborne contamination from entering the bodies. There are numerous gaps between the mask and the user’s face, allowing viruses or pollutants to pass through easily.
N95 respirators, on the other hand, were designed to protect the wearer from airborne viruses. Only possible if the mask provides a good seal on your face, making sure that the air you breathe will only pass through the filter(s) before entering your respiratory system.
While looking for a respirator to protect his children, Francis Chu, the inventor of Totobobo Mask, applied his expertise in product designing and experimented with hundreds of prototypes before coming up with an ergonomic design that fits most users and, more importantly, customizable and children friendly. He understands that apart from good seal and filtering, other factors like comfort, cleaning, reusing, and portability are also important points.
Totobobo being a reusable mask, has to be treated before reuse if you are using the respirator in high-risk areas, such as hospitals. Carefully dispose of the filters, and clean with surgical spirit before storage.