- Outdoor pollution in China is reaching record highs and poses major health risks, including: cardiopulmonary diseases, respiratory disease, trachea, bronchus and lung cancers.
- 3M N95 Particulate Respirator Masks offer genuine protection against dangerous pollutants when traveling outdoors.
- We offer affordable and appropriate professional-grade anti-pollution face masks for you and your family; and have variations suitable for your specific need.
- Sources on Taobao have been found selling counterfeit masks–Don’t risk your health! We get our stock direct from the manufacturer, which includes certification.
We recently did a test to measure the effectiveness of the different types of masks and the differences in the PM2.5 reduction between a N95 mask, a week-old mask, a N95 with a valve, a surgical mask, and a fashionable cotton mask. The testing was performed on February 21st, 2013 at 6:00pm around East Third Ring Rd, Beijing. The results are illustrated below:
Three distinct conclusions are made apparent from this graph:
1) The cotton mask is extremely ineffective at reducing PM2.5 intake; the mask was not even 50% effective and was 3.8x above the EPA safety standard. It may look fashionable but it won’t keep you safe, especially on a bad day like when we tested.
2) The N95 mask was 88.5% effective at reducing PM2.5 particles, making it the most effective of our subjects and proving its ability to keep you safe from PM2.5 even on horrible pollution days.
3) The N95 masks’ effectiveness will decrease with use; in this case it was close to 50% less effective as its fresh out-of-the-box counterpart. Although the mask is effective, you can’t wear it forever. After about 20hrs of use we suggest changing masks to ensure proper protection.
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For more information on PM2.5 and how to best deal with China’s Air, see our helpful blog posts:
API? PM10? AQI? Micrograms? What do air quality numbers mean?
How to read the US Consulates’s PM2.5 reports for Shanghai
Q&A: Should I ventilate my home on “bad air” days?
How clean is your office air?
The HEPA vacuum cleaner — an unsung weapon against air pollution
Should I bring 110V air filters to China?
Beijing Air Quality is Officially Beyond “Crazy Bad” — why and what can you do?
Beijing is “Crazy Bad” again