Growing pollution and reduced air quality around the world is something we are all learning to live with. It is something we grudgingly have accepted, praying to the gods for rain or the government for some drastic action (neither of which seems in sight). This means anti-pollution and anti-virus like coronavirus face masks are now becoming a wardrobe staple.
“WITH AN INCREASE IN NEWS IN THE WORLD LATELY HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT IS THE BEST FACE MASK TO PROTECT US FROM HARMFUL POLLUTANTS IN THE AIR.”
Fashion conscious urban dwellers don’t want to look like a medical intern strolling through town. With so many masks to choose from, it’s difficult to separate the real winners from losers. Here are some of our favorite brands. Most masks follow American standards to show their anti-haze index. Basically, the higher the number, the better.
Below are some key points to keep in mind while choosing an air mask:
- The fit is critical. If the mask doesn’t fit well, its effectiveness is compromised.
Pick the one that suits your needs best, but make sure you and your family are well protected. The current situation in Delhi is almost ‘catastrophic’ and demands immediate steps to be taken, even if they involve wearing a mask every time you step out of the house. Breathe easy, live better.
- An N90 mask, for example, filters out 90 percent of airborne particulates in the air. An N95 mask filters out 95% of the airborne particulates, and so on.
- Most scientific evidence suggests that the most harmful chemicals and pollutants in the air are as small as PM2.5 or particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers in size. Choose a face mask model with N95 rating or above and it will filter out the worst PM2.5 pollutants.