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Note* Masks will be provided ONLY to healthcare professionals or other first line responders (i.e. police officers, fire fighters) who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The "NanoHack Mask" is a last resort device with the purpose of offering protection from airborne particles and prevent spreading liquid contaminating the airways.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the design of surgical masks do not allow a complete protection from germs and other contaminants due to their loose fit (2). In addition, surgical masks are single-used devices required to be safely disposed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends placing these items it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash, then wash your hands after handling the used mask (2). Previous published research3 has indicated that the high viral load remaining in surgical masks and respirators, can be a source of viral transmission both to the person wearing the mask or respirators and to others (3). This may happen when healthcare workers touch their mask and then fail to wash their hands properly or when they dispose of the mask without proper safe disposal precautions (3). In addition, pathogens shedding from surgical respirators onto patients in the operating room, increasing the risk of nosocomial infections (3).
In comparison to a surgical mask, the "NanoHack" mask is produced with high-quality filaments that deem the mask reusable and potentially safer*
*Please note: we have not done any studies on the efficacy or safety of this product. Merely, we are providing a last-resort tool for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
(1.) Anna Davies, et al. Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic? Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, Available on CJO 2013 doi:10.1017/dmp.2013.43.
(2.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA): https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-and-surgical-masks-face-masks. Accessed March 20, 2020.
(3.) Borkow G, etal., (2010) A Novel Anti-Influenza Copper Oxide Containing Respiratory Face Mask. PLoS ONE 5(6): e11295. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011295.