We are happy to answer your questions about face masks, respirators, cloth masks and everyday masks at OXYSMART.ORG
Which face masks are there at OXYSMART.ORG
In our professional online shop we offer medically tested disposable masks (also for children), surgical face masks, FFP2 masks, certified 3D nanomasks for reuse.
In addition, each customer can buy medical surgical face masks for in packs of 50 for 0.16 each. There is also an FFP2 mask in our shop for less than one euro each. In the OXYMART online shop you will find medical face masks, FFP2 masks and only certified disposable masks (also for children). In our offer there are only FFP2 masks without a valve..
Why should I wear a medical face mask or FFP2 mask when shopping in retail??
The federal-state resolution of January 19, 2021 provides for an obligation to wear a medical face mask (e.g. surgical mask) or an FFP2 mask at certain locations, for example in retail, i.e. also at dm.
A mouth and nose mask covers your mouth and nose on your face to help reduce the spread of viruses into the air. Viruses get into the air when you cough, sneeze or speak and are transported in small droplets. A mouthguard can prevent direct transmission by reducing the risk of spreading a virus through splashes when someone sneezes or coughs. Especially in closed rooms - in rooms where contact with other people cannot be avoided, it makes sense to wear a face mask.
A face mask (with the exception of FFP2 masks) does not protect the wearer of a mask so that he does not become infected - but by wearing this face mask you protect others. A common protection for everyone can be built up by all wearing a face mask.
Please also continue to be careful and note for all of us that the existing rules of conduct are important. Wearing a face mask is an obligation to recommend that you only go shopping when you need it, keep a minimum distance from other people, pay cashless if possible, wash your hands more often and cough and sneeze in the crook of your arm.
How safe is a medical face mask (e.g. surgical mask, mouth and nose mask) and an FFP2 mask?
Medically tested disposable masks (also called mouth-nose protection or MNS) have been developed for external protection and are intended to protect the counterpart from exposure to infectious droplets of the person wearing the mouth protection. However, appropriate medical face masks (e.g. surgical masks) also protect the wearer of the mask when they are firmly in place, even if this is not the primary purpose of the medical face masks. Medical face masks are divided into type I, type II and type IIR according to the test standard DIN EN 14683: 2019-10.
How does a medical face mask (e.g. surgical mask) differ from an FFP2 mask??
Unlike the medical face mask, the FFP2 mask also protects the wearer from particles, droplets and aerosols. FFP2 masks must filter at least 94% of the test aerosols.
What do I have to look out for when wearing a face mask??
- Adhere to all hygiene rules even with a mask.
- Please remember to keep your distance even with a face mask.
- If available, please note all manufacturer's instructions.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before putting on.
- When putting on and taking off the mask, do not hold the inside of the mask, but rather the side straps or elastic bands.
- Pull the mask correctly over your mouth, nose and cheeks so that it also fits snugly on the side.
For a high level of comfort when wearing the CE-certified face mask (e.g. surgical face mask, FFP-2 masks), press the nose clip firmly on. When trying on for the first time, make sure that the mask lets in enough air for you you can breathe as normally as possible with it.
- Replace the face mask when it is soaked.
- When removing the mask, be careful not to touch the outside of the mask as much as possible.
- Disinfect or After removing the face mask, wash your hands according to the known recommendations for at least 20-30 seconds and with Soap. You will find instructions on proper hand hygiene here.
How can I wash a non-certified fabric mask and thus reuse it??
- Please note the manufacturer's information on the reusability of the non-certified fabric masks
- To wash If provided by the manufacturer, your mask ideally after a single use at 95 degrees, at least at 60 degrees. Pay attention to the respective manufacturer's information..
- Do not throw your uncertified cloth mask in the dryer; let it dry out completely.
- Please do not use fabric softener.
Can I also reuse a medical face mask (e.g. surgical mask) or an FFP2 mask?
Please note that medical face masks (e.g. surgical masks) and FFP2 masks are not washable and must be disposed of as residual waste. They are not recyclable. If medical face masks (e.g. surgical masks) or the FFP2 masks are washed or worn for longer or several times, they lose their protection.
Are non-certified fabric masks, medical face masks (e.g. surgical mask) and FFP2 masks reusable?
Non-certified cloth masks, with the exception of disposable masks, can be reused after washing. Please note the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning the non-certified fabric masks. If you handle your non-certified fabric mask carefully, you can enjoy it for a long time and contribute to conserving resources.
Medically tested disposable masks and FFP2 masks are not washable because washing them loses their filtering ability or protective effect. The reference NR (non reusable) to FFP2 masks also indicates that these are not reusable and are therefore not suitable for multiple use.d.
How long can I wear a medical face mask (e.g. surgical mask) and how long can I wear an FFP2 mask?
Medical face masks (e.g. surgical masks) and FFP2 masks are single-use products. This means that these masks are for single use only and should not be washed or they will lose their protection. The mouthguards should then be disposed of.
What is the difference between a respirator (FFP2, FFP3) and a face mask?
We at OXYSMART also follow the recommendations of the RKI. The Robert Koch Institute recommends mouth and nose coverings (MNB) in certain situations in public spaces. This is to protect risk groups and reduce the infection pressure and thus the speed of spread of the coronavirus, as many transmissions go unnoticed before symptoms appear.
Respiratory masks offer protection against smoke, respirable dust, liquid mist (aerosol), particles and droplets that are present in the air. They contain different filter materials. The respiratory masks as so-called personal protective equipment are divided into the FFP classes FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3. The abbreviation FFP stands for "filtering face piece". They are used particularly in hospitals, at the doctor's, in old people's homes and in places where there are people at risk or infected patients. FFP2 and FFP3 masks are mainly used in the medical field, they serve as self-protection / occupational safety.
Certified medical mouth and nose protection (MNS) is primarily intended for external protection, i.e. the protection of our fellow human beings. With a stronger fit (the wire clip should be close to the nose), these face masks can also protect the person wearing the mask, but only to a limited extent. You can put on the medical face mask in everyday life and when shopping. In the medical field, the MNS is mainly used to prevent droplets from the breath of the wearer from entering an open wound on a patient. The person wearing the mask usually inhales the air through the side, sucks it in at the edges of the MNS and does not inhale through the fleece of the mask. This is the reason why the carrier himself has little protection from other droplets that can transmit the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
However, larger droplets, for example, are caught. MNS can therefore offer our fellow human beings a certain security if we all wear them. Once they become damp, they should be disposed of.
Despite certain restrictions, mouthguards help to reduce droplet ejection when sneezing or coughing and at the same time also create awareness of social distancing. We can all do something through it and do our part to prevent further spread.
Mouth guards such as non-certified disposable masks or non-certified reusable cloth masks, on the other hand, prevent viruses from being spread through the air and are therefore referred to as protection that is at the source. If everyone puts on a face mask and thus transmits viruses less easily, a protective effect can be achieved.
A (self-sewn) community mask, also known as a DIY mask or makeshift mouth and nose mask, does not meet the standard of a medical product for everyday use, but it still helps to reduce possible risks of infection from the wearer. If a face mask is certified, then it has gone through the quality control process - such a certified mask then of course has a certain quality.
How do I know that my medical face mask (e.g. surgical mask) or FFP2 mask is certified?
You can tell whether your FFP2 mask is certified by the information on the packaging. Make sure that the FFP2 mask is marked with a CE mark, a four-digit test number (e.g. CE 2163) and a DIN standard. You can verify the verification number on the website of the European Commission. Please make sure that the medical face mask (e.g. surgical mask) has a CE mark.
What does the note non medical / non-medical on some FFP2 masks mean?sken?
Since FFP2 masks are basically not medical products, but so-called personal protective equipment, it can happen that the manufacturer prints the note non-medical / non-medical for export due to Chinese regulations. This note is intended to make the distinction between medical device and personal protective equipment clear again and is not related to the quality of the FFP2 masks. As required by law, the FFP2 masks from our range are all certified by a body expressly approved for this purpose.ert.
Can I also wear self-made mouth and nose masks in retail stores?
According to the latest federal and state resolutions, it is stipulated that, depending on the federal state, you are obliged to wear a medical face mask (e.g. surgical mask) or an FFP2 mask in certain places, such as in retail stores. Wearing a (self-sewn) non-certified fabric mask should no longer be allowed in these places.
My child must also wear a mouth and nose mask?
It is also mandatory for children to wear a mask in shops. Here it is important to observe the requirements of the respective federal states, from which age children should put on a mask.
There are tips for beards when it comes to masks?
According to the RKI, beard growth affects the sealing of the mask. Therefore, the mask ideally covers the beard completely.
Is there a tip to prevent the glasses from tarnishing?
It is helpful here that the glasses sits comfortably. The bottom should rest on the FFP2 and the top should be close to the forehead. In addition, an anti-fog set can help prevent the lenses from tarnishing.