Why we should wear face masks

With lockdown finally coming to its closure, everyone is eager to go out start work and living their normal lives again however, weary, as we step foot outside unexpecting of how it will be.

But don’t worry with all the government guidelines and health advisors there’s a right way to do it, and there’s strong evidence to show that face masks – while not inherently stopping you from getting the disease – are one of the primary ways help you stop spreading the disease. So, help us to help you do your part, and protect as many people as we can.

So how do face masks help exactly?

The primary route of transmission is through small respiratory droplets – which can be spread through talking, coughing or sneezing, preventing this is known as “source control”, wearing a mask is an efficient way of source control creating a barrier between the wearer and whatever they may eject.There are plenty of studies being conducted presenting ever emerging evidence by the CDC world health organisation – they show that the efficacy of face masks are effective at providing the necessary filtering capabilities to stop the spreading of particles, and possible infectious oral residue.

What’s the difference between type I and type II masks?

Type I and type II medical masks are rigorously tested for their BFE (bacteria filtration efficiency)

-type I masks provide 95% BFE

-type II masks provide 98% BFE

We also provide professional surgical face masks that are even more comfortable and lightweight with its flexible material and elastic ear loops that don’t disturb the ears. It provides even more protection covering the entire face, and coming with the benefits of being structurally secure with its meltblown filter, ultrasonic welding and flexible nose clip to hold it in place.

Helping the NHS

It is important to understand medical masks are considered (PPE) and should be worn in places of high adverse risk of transmission such as healthcare work within the NHS.

Type II masks are not to be confused with that of type IIR. The “R” donates the level of splash resistance – these are primarily used in places of possible exposure to blood or bodily fluids such as the NHS.

Type IIR masks should only be used as a frontline healthcare worker – buying them can cause a shortage in supply for those it is necessary for. You could be doing more damage to the cause then helping.

Masks for general use

For the general public whilst the masks are not considered (PPE), provide ideal filtration for general and public use, as the risks are not as concentrated as in healthcare work.

Our public masks provide a BFE of 90% with the UK recommendation being that of 70%. The spread of the disease is drastically reduced when source control is in high compliance on a public level.

COVID-19 can be asymptomatic meaning many people can have it without showing symptoms.

It can also be presymptomatic – the incubation period for people who are presymptomatic is between 1-11 days, COVID-19 being at its most infectious stage during the beginning of this period you can still spread it before you show symptoms.

Wearing a mask amongst all the other necessary hygienic precautions is especially important due to this fact.

Help us help you partake in the effort against COVID-19. You can see our full range of face masks here.  

Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England’s shops

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July.

Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100, the government has announced.

The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.

Since mid-May, members of the public have been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may encounter people they would not usually meet.

Mask-wearing has been compulsory on public transport in England and at NHS facilities across the UK since 15 June.

Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

Where is it compulsory to wear one?

From June 15, it was made compulsory to wear a face mask on public transport.

This includes on trains, buses, trams, ferries and aircraft.

Private hire taxis and minicabs are also included in the ­measures, but the rules do not cover bus stops, railway stations and other terminals.

Anyone not wearing a mask will be kicked off unless they are disabled, young children or have breathing difficulties.

Face coverings are now also compulsory in hospitals, with staff, visitors and outpatients required to wear them.

From July 24, people entering shops must wear a face covering.

Face coverings compulsory on public transport in England

Anyone travelling on public transport in England must wear a face covering from Monday under a new rule.

The government will require people to wear face coverings on buses, trains, tubes and other modes of public transport from that date, when non-essential shops are likely to reopen

More than 3,000 extra staff including police officers are being deployed at stations to make sure people comply.

Passengers without a covering will be asked to wear one, or will face being refused onboard or fined £100.

People with certain health conditions, disabled people and children under the age of 11 will be exempt from the rule.

In the coming days, hundreds of thousands of free coverings will be handed out at railway stations. The government says masks can be homemade, such as a scarf or bandana.

As well as on transport, all hospital visitors and outpatients also have to wear masks.

Face masks on public transport

What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 and R

Our professional surgical masks are are EN14683:2019+AC:2019 type 2 due to the Bacterial Filtration results.

Our results for test below

EN14683:2019+AC:2019Overall Level Achieved = Type 2

Bacterial Filtration Efficiency-BFE (Pass Type 2)
Microbial Cleanliness(Bioburden) (Pass Type 2)
Breathability(Differential Pressure) (pass Type 2)

Type 1 = 95% or more bacterial filtration

Type 2 – 98% + bacterial filtration

“R” donates the splash resistance of the mask. This is required in Surgery for protection against incidents such as blood spray from ruptured arteries.

There is a shortage of supply for the NHS and critical workers, and the supply chain needs to be protected, Then do you really need “R” version as this really only applies to being in theater where you may need protection from sprays of blood. Yes you need to protect yourselves and other but we do not need to create shortages for the NHS. Using a type 2 for personal protection should suffice and would be more protective than a face covering.

People in England should now aim to wear face coverings on public transport and in some shops, the UK government has said.

A document outlining new coronavirus lockdown rules suggests face coverings for enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible.

That advice had already been recommended by the governments in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

People are also allowed to meet one person from another household outside.

It came after Boris Johnson announced on Sunday a “conditional plan” to begin lifting England’s coronavirus lockdown.

He said the public should exercise “good, solid, British common sense” in adapting their lives to the next phase of the coronavirus response.

“As more people return to work, there will be more movement outside people’s immediate household,” the guidance says.

“This increased mobility means the government is now advising that people should aim to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops.”

Premium Quality Medical Face Masks can prevent splashes and sprays from others, like coughing and sneezing, from reaching the mucus membranes of your nose, mouth and throat.

Face masks are ideal for everyday use in public, especially for those who frequently use public transport. They are easy and comfortable to wear, thanks to their soft, elasticated ear loops and lightweight design. These masks are 3 ply, breathable and odourless.

Our professional ultrasonic welded face masks are EN14683:2019+AC:2019 compliant with CE certification. Achieved ISO 13485;2016 and EN ISO 11737-1:2018 Microbial Cleanliness = How Hygenically clean is the mask (Test incorporated into EN14683 Testing )

Coronavirus: Public advised to wear face coverings in PM’s 50-page plan for lifting lockdown

The government is advising people in England should wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.

People should aim to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible, including on public transport and in shops, the government has said.

  • From this week those with jobs in food production, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and scientific research in laboratories should return to the workplace
  • The government wants children of key workers and those who are vulnerable to go back to school at once
  • Guidance is being amended to clarify that paid childcare, for example nannies and childminders, can restart work
  • The government is now advising that people should aim to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops. Homemade cloth face coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission in some circumstances
Face masks

Why a professional surgical mask?

Surgical masks are made in different thicknesses and with different ability to protect you from contact with liquids. These properties may also affect how easily you can breathe through the face mask and how well the surgical mask protects you.

If worn properly, a surgical mask is meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose. Surgical masks may also help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others.

Surgical masks are not intended to be used more than once. If your mask is damaged or soiled, or if breathing through the mask becomes difficult, you should remove the face mask, discard it safely, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your mask, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used mask.  

Professional ultrasonic surgical face mask