The Lab Results
The University of Colorado’s Vance Lab recorded the following results to the right in their two tests of our mask. Note that Test 1a is without electrostatically charging the mask and similar to most cotton mask. 1b is after electrostatic charging or mask. The lab report can be viewed by clicking https://qjfacemasks.com/vance-lab-report.
No mask guarantees 100% filtration efficiency. The N95 is recognized as one of the highest-rated masks for medical use and it got its name as it is designed to filter 95% of particles. The Center for Infectious Disease and Research at the University of Minnesota published a review that found that cloth or homemade masks have very low filter efficiency (2% to 38%). Medical masks are made from a wide range of materials, and studies have found a wide range of filter efficiency (2% to 98%), with most exhibiting 30% to 50% efficiency.
The lab rubbed the silk side of two masks together for one minute, but lab guidance and our internal tests showed that charging can be done according to our instructions further below.
A Better Personal Face Mask Helps Prevent You from Spreading Covid-19 As Well As Catching It.
Recent scientific reports indicate that our design can not only help prevent an infected person from spreading the virus but also help prevent the user from inhaling the virus or minimize the amount of the virus inhaled (viral load) thus giving the body's immune system a better chance of fighting it off. This could possibly result in a milder case or even being asymptomatic if the immune system cannot fight it off.
Our Inner-Silk Lining Is Comfortable to Wear for Long Periods and Helps Prevent Maskne
Our users love the silk feel against their skin for long wear and also have reported it helps those with tactile sensitivity and face mask acne (maskne). Maskne is a common problem for healthcare workers who wear N95 and surgical masks. Seek additional information for the treatment of maskne from your healthcare provider or online.
Our Mask Has an Inner Pocket and Wire Nose Bridge for Better Protection
Our three-layer mask has the added protection of an insert pocket for the user to insert another filter of their choice for an additional protective layer. The wire nose bridge allows the user to custom fit the mask at the nose and cheeks for a better seal. It has elastic earloops and a folded, layered design for a better, customized one size fits all mask.
Our Mask Is Washable and Reusable
Surgical and N95 masks are designed for one use only as are most mass-produced masks (the latter are usually plastic) and thus they create an environmental issue when used as a personal face mask. We recommend our masks be hand washed in cool or warm soapy water and air-dried. We have washed and dried them in washers with hot water and dryers on high heat with no adverse effects. But such treatment may limit the mask’s life. Also, the wire nose bridge could be bent and fatigued when being tumbled with other clothes and shorten its life as well. A cool or warm iron may be used for touchup.
Our Electrostatic Filters Need to Be Recharged for Maximum Effectiveness
Surgical and N95 masks are electrostatically charged in the manufacturing process and are designed for one-time use. To electrostatically recharge our masks for continued use, it is recommended that you recharge the fabric after every washing. There are several options to do this: rub the inner silk layer of a dry mask between your clean, dry hands or with a paper or cloth towel. You can also fold the mask lengthwise in half and rub the inner silk material together. Pick your preferred method and rub it from 30 seconds to 1 minute to recharge the materials. Try not to bend the wire nose bridge when using any of these options to prevent fatigue or breaks.
Important Items of Note
Q&J Face Masks are for personal, non-medical use only. Not approved by any government agency.
Our masks are intended to be used in conjunction with other public health guidance such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other recommendations.
Note that the current public health guidelines do not recommend cloth face masks for protection from the smoke and particulates from wildfires or other similar events, but our mask may be better than no mask at all.
Cloth face coverings should not be worn by children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance. Seek medical guidance if any of these conditions exist and whether a mask may be warranted.
University of Colorado's Vance Lab Test Results