With the shortage of 3M N95 Respirators in the US and Canada, many people and Health Professionals have contacted AllerAir to inquire about our Super HEPA filters as a source material to be used in making masks.
AllerAir's Super HEPA material used in the AirMedic series Air Purifiers is an extremely dense material that can only be used in an AllerAir Air Purifier. The Super HEPA filter which filters Microorganisms and particles down to 0.1 micron requires an Air Purifier with a strong motor to pull air through the dense material. AllerAir Super HEPA filters are not ideal material to be used for face masks, as it is too dense of a material, which would restrict breathing.
Note: A N95 Respirator or Homemade face mask is not a substitute for social distancing. Follow recommended guidelines set out by the CDC and Health Professionals in your area.
Also keep in mind a Homemade Face Mask is not effective at filtering viruses like the Coronavirus COVID-19. Regardless of the material used in a homemade mask, The face mask will not be as effective as a N95 Respirator or Surgical Mask.
Wearing a face mask is not a guarantee that you won’t get sick, viruses can also be transmitted through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks. However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly five-fold protection versus no barrier alone.
There are many good tutorials and step by step guides on how to make a homemade face mask with fabric. We have provided a few of the top recommendations below.
The CDC recommends using a cloth face covering when social distancing is not always possible. The CDC has an excellent guide and thorough step-by-step procedure complete with materials used to make a homemade face mask.
CDC on Homemade Face Covers read more on Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
CNN Health also has an excellent step-by-step guide. How to make your own face mask
Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. PDF Homemade Mask Guidance
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