Will the size fit me?
The Aropec mask comes in an universal adults size that will fit the vast majority of all adults (women and men). It measures 17cm from the nose tip to the bottom of the mask and 24cm across the side of the mask. People with slightly smaller faces will find the mask covering deeper in the chin area. The fit can be adjusted by loosening or tightening the ear loops which is to be tied by the user. The knot of the ear loops can be hidden within the mask itself for a clean look.
How often should I wash the mask?
Frequency of washing depends on usage length and use case. If you are mainly using it outside then it can be washed twice or even once a week. It is recommended to have at least 2 masks to alternate between, to allow the masks to be properly sanitised between uses.
How do I wash the mask?
Please wash the mask in warm water at 60 degrees by hand, for at least 5 minutes. Please take care not to apply too much pressure to the nose wire or it will loosen up more easily. You may also let it soak in the warm water for an additional 5 minutes, then hang to dry. Please do not put it in the washing machine.
Can I use the mask after 50 washes?
After 50 washes, the performance efficacy of the antiviral and antibacterial properties of the mask will fall below its certified amount. However, it would still be antiviral and antibacterial compared to regular cotton reusable masks, and therefore can still be used.
Will viruses still be able to pass through the 3 layers of the mask?
It is a complex area where more lab test will need to be conducted. No mask will provide 100% protection and this mask is not intended as replacements for the N99 respiratory masks.
The outer layer will help to capture respiratory droplets and there is additional protection as the middle layer is made from non-woven mesh, similar to the materials used in making surgical masks. What cannot be guaranteed are the tiny airborne particles that are in the air in poorly ventilated indoor scenarios where there is a lot of shouting, singing, etc. This is an area of ongoing research where the WHO is still hesitant to provide official guidance even on the transmissibility of the virus. So that situation should be avoided altogether if the aim is to minimise risk of infection – such as going to concerts, singing classes, indoor religious gatherings, or any large indoor social situations.
This mask is not a certified medical mask and should not be used as a substitute or as replacements of N99 respirator masks. Like all masks it provides a degree of protection against viruses such as COVID-19 but no mask can guarantee that an individual is not infected.