HI Mask is a non-medical face mask that's made up of three layers, including a reusable filter. It's stated that this type of face mask has been designed and made in Germany, a country known for its engineering prowess, and has been deemed effective by France's military. This white mask consists of an inner and an outer layer, and each one comes with 30 individual filters—one of which is to be inserted between the two layers just before the mask is worn.
The cost of HI Mask is $29.95 plus $4.95 shipping for a total price of $34.90.
To start putting together your HI Mask, place its outer layer face down on a clean surface, such as a table that's very recently been sanitized. Make sure that the slightly pointy nosepiece is pointing upward, as opposed to downward.
Next, grab one of the included white filters and place it inside the outer layer of the mask. The straighter edge of the filter should be at the top, closest to the nosepiece, while the more curved edge should be at the bottom.
Once your filter is in place, place the inner layer of your mask (which will be white, with a grid of holes in it) on top of the filter. Be sure, again, that the slightly pointed nosepiece is facing upward.
Finally, while holding the inner and outer layers of your mask together with your hands, you'll be able to string the included straps through the appropriate holes in each layer. This process will resemble that which you'd undergo while adding straps to a pair of swimming goggles, and similarly, you can adjust the straps to your chosen length. Once you've added the straps, your mask will be ready for use.
Since these masks (both the inner and outer layers) have been made from a combination of medical-grade plastic and cellulose, they're purported to be comfortable, along with being reusable. The inner layer has been designed for maximum comfort against the face, while the outer layer is meant to keep a person's hands away from their face and the viral matter that may exist there. Meanwhile, the reusable filter inside each mask will help filter away viral matter, allergens, and unpleasant odors so they stay as far a distance from a user's face as possible. Logically speaking, like all non-medical masks, having this type of mask as a barrier will also help stop you from passing germs and viral matter onto others in your environment.
Every HI Mask's outer shell contains several small holes that should be positioned near each user's mouth. These holes will enhance the breathability of the mask, but they likely aren't large enough to let many harmful viral particles pass through the mask.
This particular face mask has head straps, instead of ear straps that can rub against the ears and irritate them. On each side of your face, one piece of each double-sided head strap should be resting above your ear, while the other is resting below. These head straps are fairly stretchy and flexible, and they can be adjusted while they're being strung through a mask, so the mask will suit people with a wide variety of head sizes.
With each HI Mask, you'll receive 30 disposable filters that are to be inserted in between the reusable inner and outer layers of your mask. Assuming that you'll wear your mask almost every day, this will give you a month's supply of filters, as each one should be disposed of after a day's use.
While you won't be able to safely clean your mask's filters in the dishwasher, it is safe to clean the inner and outer layers of one of these masks in there. If you don't have a dishwasher, or you don't feel like turning it on, you can also wash the inner and outer layers with water and dish soap. It's a good idea to wash both layers every day, to keep your mask as clean as possible.
Some non-medical face masks with loose nosepieces can fog up a pair of glasses or sunglasses, due to air passing out the top of the mask and onto the eyewear. Fortunately, the HI Mask won't have this same effect on your glasses or sunglasses, since the nosepiece is tight enough to stop air from floating towards them. Therefore, you shouldn't have trouble seeing things clearly while you walk around in this sort of mask.
While some masks will only fit adults properly, this mask has been deemed suitable for adults, teenagers, and children. You can even cut the head straps that come with a particular mask if you pull them as tight as possible and they're still too loose on a child's head. Furthermore, if you sanitize your entire mask and wash the head straps with soap and water, you'll be able to share it with others in your household, if necessary. Just be sure that the filter is changed before someone else puts it on, too.
Many people may be able to handle the assembly process they must go through before using one of these masks, but there's a chance that some people could find it difficult. You could get someone to help you, but then you'd be taking the chance that they'd transfer germs, bacteria or viral matter from their own body onto the mask. For that reason, if you lack dexterity due to your age, a physical health issue, or any other predicament, you may be better off with a mask that's already fully put together.
Although this mask is a reusable one, you should continue to remove it by the ear loops when you take it off at the end of the day, as you would with any other mask. Otherwise, if bacteria or viral matter has accumulated on the front of the mask or on the inside, you'll be transferring it to your hands, even if you plan on washing the mask later. When you're transporting your mask to your sink or dishwasher, touch it as minimally as possible, by holding onto an edge or a corner of each piece if you can. After you've disposed of the current filter inside, remember to sanitize your hands.
The HI Mask's three layers have been designed to protect you and others around you from getting sick—when they're all used together. If you were to use one layer of the mask at once, or just two layers together, you may not be giving yourself or those around you a solid level of protection. Consequently, you must always be sure that when you wear this mask, all three layers have been added in the correct order.
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