Mouthguards of all kinds have never been as sought after as they are now. People are still sickening from the coronavirus and the situation has still not calmed down. We will clarify how you can best protect yourself and where the differences between the different protective masks lie.
A lot of scaremongering about nothing – we give you the relevant information
Reports on the Internet and on social media are piling up. We would like to explain to you briefly why you don’t have to worry. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly contagious lung disease, but in the vast majority of cases it is not life-threatening. People of old age or people with a weak immune system are at risk. Most cases occur in Asia (China) and few cases have been reported in Europe.
Normal surgical mouthguard is popular, but less helpful
Who doesn’t know? People in metropolises of millions are often spotted with mouthguards because they want to protect themselves from fine dust and smog. However, it is a misconception that conventional op masks can be helpful here. The air always takes the path of the least resistance and since the surgical mask has no valve and is not accurately attached to the face, we advise against this. The actual function of surgical masks is as follows: It was originally developed that in case of coughing or sneezing, the viruses are not spread widely in the operating room.
FFP1/FFP2/FFP3 respirator masks make more sense
You probably heard about this respirator for the first time recently. We are happy to explain the difference between the three categories. All three are standardised throughout Europe in accordance with EN 149.
FFP1 Respirator Mask
It is ideal for non-toxic and non-fibrogenic dusts. They filter at least 80% of the particles up to a size of 0.6 microns. The workplace limit value may not exceed 4 times.
The protective effect here is at least 95%. This mask is suitable for harmful dusts, fog and smoke. It has also integrated a filter against solid and liquid particles. Exceeding the workplace limit value may not exceed 10 times.
FFP3 Respirator Mask
The FFP3 respirator mask has the highest protection factor of at least 99%. It protects against toxic substances, as well as from droplet aerosols, carcinogenic or radioactive substances, enzymes and microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi and their spores).
As you can see, the function increases with each number. We recommend the best value for money: the FFP2 respirator with filter.
A healthy caution is always useful
That’s why we recommend that you travel to affected cities or wear a mask at airports. Not only does you protect yourself from diseases transmitted by droplet infection, but you may also protect other people if you get flu or anything else.
FFP2 Respirator Masks – Certified and made in Europe
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