Abstract

Cloth masks have been used in healthcare and community settings to protect the wearer from respiratory infections. The use of cloth masks during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is under debate. The filtration effectiveness of cloth masks is generally lower than that of medical masks and respirators; however, cloth masks may provide some protection if well designed and used correctly. Multilayer cloth masks, designed to fit around the face and made of water-resistant fabric with a high number of threads and finer weave, may provide reasonable protection. Until a cloth mask design is proven to be equally effective as a medical or N95 mask, wearing cloth masks should not be mandated for healthcare workers. In community settings, however, cloth masks may be used to prevent community spread of infections by sick or asymptomatically infected persons, and the public should be educated about their correct use.

CBRN Canister Filters such as the Avon CBRNCF50 are highly effective against COVID-19 as well as many chemical and other biological agents and are in extremely high demand. If you have an Avon mask or other that accepts 40MM cartridges, you may consider getting in line now because lead-times are currently 8-12 weeks and are continuing to rise.

Check out these links from 3M about Corona-virus and Corona-virus protection:

https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1791526O/respiratory-protection-faq-general-public-tb.pdf

https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1792732O/respiratory-protection-faq-healthcare.pdf

https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1798135O/possible-alternatives-to-surgical-n95-respirators-in-the-us-healthcare-technical-bulletin.pdf