FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Monthly, 194 billion, potentially deadly PPE are being discarded (according to Environmental Science and Technology)
Breathesafe.life Washable Face masks And Gloves Dramatically Reduce This Problem
N95 face masks are great at filtering particles, including the droplets that contain the Corona Virus. There are two very significant differences between BreatheSafe.Life’s washable face masks and traditional N95 Masks:
- BreatheSafe.Life’s face masks neutralize viruses, virtually upon contact.
- N95 face masks simply filter to keep 95% of the airborne spores away from the wearer.
An in-depth study in Australia (see BreatheSafe.Life’s “Bio waste” white paper) shows that, at room temperature, viruses remain on the outside of an N95 mask for up to 21 days. Hence, unless properly disposed after one use, these could cause cross contamination and bring the viruses into otherwise sterile environments.
Cross – contamination is something that is often missed by the general population. By definition cross contamination is the transfer of bacteria or other microorganisms from one substance to another. In the case of COVID-19 virus transfer, the virus can be left on any surface as well as being transferred from person to person. What we should acknowledge to keep ourselves safe is that our BreatheSafe face masks can be placed on surfaces without fear of the cross contamination process. The face mask holds neutralizing properties at all times thus when taking the mask off at dinner and placing it on a table, we need not worry about what cross contamination may be on the face mask.
Prevention of cross contamination is quite a process. The basics of distancing, hand washing, wearing a face mask, and sanitizing are global. The missing component are the BreatheSafe virus neutralizing biohazard free face masks, which would not only close the gap to virus spreading, but also keep our environment safe and reduce the human carbon footprint.
Soap and high temperatures, hot water, clothes dryers, and irons included, will cause the protective treatment of the outer and inner layers of the mask to prematurely deteriorate and the face mask will become ineffective for neutralizing viruses; it can still work as a filtration device, but its properties are now the same as any cotton mask available on the market.
The reason for not using UV light or UV boxes for sanitizing Breathesafe.life masks is that, over time, natural UV from outdoors depletes the efficacy of the neutralizing compound of the masks, hence the 200+ uses. If the mask is placed in high intensity UV it depletes the neutralizing compound almost immediately, which then becomes just a filtration mask rather than a virus neutralizing face mask.
The benefit of Breathesafe masks in care facilities could prove to be immeasurable. In these facilities care workers are constantly moving from room to room and from patient to patient to complete their activities and duties. This leaves many instances where masks are left behind or accidentally switched from user to user, emphasizing the benefits of the BreatheSafe masks being:
- not having to worry about where a mask is left because it still neutralizes viruses and bacteria continuously.
- if the mask is worn by a different user the worry of cross-contamination is still being diffused thus potentially annihilating a lot of worry for both the care worker and optimizing the protection of the patients.