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The vast majority of masks that I see are what are deemed as single use pale blue with white elastic to go round your ears.
Some more fashion conscious people – mainly ladies – make their own and they are very inventive and sometimes very colourful but do they fulfill the requirement? I see more of the Perspex shield that start at the forehead and come down to the mouth, again I wonder if they stop germs coming from the wearer.
Most of the time when out I wear dark glasses but I normally have to remove them on buses or in shops simply because a standard single use mask steams up the glasses, I am told there is a liquid you can spray onto the glasses but I have not tried that.
Here I am looking at two designs from AirPop the first called a Pocket Mask that comes in a pack of two and second Light SE that are packed singly, I was also sent an AirPop case to hold the mask rather than just push it into a coat pocket.
These offerings from AirPop are said to solve three problems that a standard mask does not, Fit, Filtration and Breathability. Four layers of filter material which are said to provide a barrier down as low as .3 of a micron.
The Pocket Mask is made to fold in half so even without the optional case it folds in on itself. From front to back it is 10.5cm and top to bottom it is 14cm. At the top either side of the nose bridge is a sculptured piece of foam to stop it slipping down your nose. The central landscape part is 5cm deep and there is a 3.5cm area below this and a 5cm area above this, the elastic that goes behind the ear is flat at .7cm wide.
The Light SE is also made to fold in half and has maximum size of 14.5cm top to bottom and 13cm back to front. The inset that goes over the nose bridge is silicon rubber and you pinch it to fit once applied. The central part is one piece with the edges having small indentations. The flat elastic is .5cm wide and it adjustable at the area behind the ears to fit exactly to you.
Both masks improved the ability for wearers of glasses although if wearing glasses while moving around there was still some misting up but standing or sitting was fine.
The stated time use between cleaning or washing is a cumulative wearing time of 40 hours.
The Pocket Mask is available for £12.99 for a pack of two.
The Light SE is available for £8.99 for a single mask.
Further details can be found on the Air Pop Health website