Q. Does it matter what kind of mask I wear?
A proper mask, like our surgical cloth reusable mask, is the only thing other than isolation that keeps you from contracting or spreading Coronavirus.
- Scientists have proven – and the CDC and WHO now admit – that this virus is spread in tiny aerosol droplets that exit our mouths by the thousands when we whisper, talk, sneeze, cough, yell, or do any similar, simple things we do all day, every day. That is why we use the term “talking aerosols”.
- Most regular cloth, paper, or ill-fitting masks do not prevent the “talking aerosols” from entering your mask when others talk. Those masks also do not prevent the droplets from entering others’ masks when you reply.
- Without a mask or isolation, your next level of protection is only the thin layer of mucous in your nose, throat, and lungs. Its job is to protect your respiratory system.
- If your mucous is damaged or insufficient, you are left only with your immune system’s reserves to rebuild it. So, without a mask, if you are at peak immune health, you might be lucky enough to fight off the disease. However, you are still at risk to get it from those less healthy or who don’t wear proper masks.
Q. What is the special material that makes the masks N100 level protection?
We use a superior, medical grade N99 – N100 surgical cloth for our masks. This material filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles This means our mask leaks 100X times less of the worst fine aerosol particulates than an N95 mask. This cloth is produced here in Mexico. Physicians who use our masks say it is the same material used in their surgical scrubs.
Q. Why is the shipping a flat rate of $50 USD?
- It is an economy of scale for us with DHL, the shipping company we chose because they would give us the flat rate and are available across all North America.
- It simplifies shipping so the process is quick and easy on both ends.
- In exchange for the flat rates for paid masks we can donate masks to hospitals, nursing homes, the working poor, the homeless, and members of at-risk populations who cannot pay for them.
- Consider getting extra masks to give to those who need them. We can ship up to 200 masks for the flat $50 USD rate.
Q. Really, I can’t put masks in the washing machine?
No. Nope. We only guarantee the mask’s level of protection or durability when you wash it by hand.
The washing machine can damage the fabric and cause the mask to lose its ability to protect you. Even if the water and detergent are not too harsh, the machine’s agitation level is more strenuous than hand washing. The agitation and the fact that your mask could get caught on machine parts will twist and damage its structure. Plus, there are buildups in the machine that can damage or wear down the fabric.
Q. Why can’t I put masks in the dryer on the air tumble setting not using heat?
We don’t recommend it. The shape of the mask is critical to its ability to protect you from virus transport. Machine-generated hot air causes the material to break down, so it is never recommended to put your mask through a regular or even gentle/permanent press cycle.
Tumbling often twists the shape of items dried in the dryer, even using cool air. Our masks only take a few (minutes? hours?) to be completely dried on the clothesline, a towel bar, or a drying rack. Many people purchase one for wearing and another for washing, so you are never without.
Q. Can I decorate my mask? You know, give it a little style?
True, our surgical barrier cloth masks are just plain white.
All our masks are white for the cost control factor in sourcing their special N100-rated material and because you bleach them to disinfect and kill bacteria.
Definitely, our masks are for function over fashion. Fashion is up to you.
Of course you can decorate your mask – within limits. Just be sure to NEVER alter the stitching and shape of your masks. If altered, the mask will not seal properly and lose its filtering efficiency, possibly exposing you to COVID-19 and other viruses. The center of the mask also needs to stay free of any decorations.
Other than that, every part except the center of the mask is yours to decorate. You can use fabric paint / markers, embroider,ribbons, etc. Go for it.
Q. I’ll wear your mask. But what can I do to build up my immune system?
Staying healthy and strong is simple, but it’s work. Two things are critically important.
- Drink enough water to keep your urine a light straw color (pardon the indelicacy, but you need to know how to tell what is “enough” water). That keeps your protective mucous thin and runny. For the science on why read [this].
- Consume the correct amount of Vitamin C daily. You know this. You need 500-1000 mg daily in four doses. More is not better. Vitamin C processes out of your body regularly when you urinate. Any amount you take is gone in 4 hours, flushed away, so to speak. It is better to take 125-250mg four times a day, than to take 1000mg twice a day, flush away 1500mg your body couldn’t process within four hours and leave your immune system with no Vitamin C between the doses.