Recently, the news has been flooded with people arguing the pros and cons of wearing a face mask to protect you, and others, from contracting viruses. Despite overwhelming evidence that they do indeed work, the debate still trundles on. Things can get a little bit confusing, especially when people start throwing around scientific terms, so we thought we’d clear things up for you and give you a bite sized lesson on the science behind face masks and how they can help you.

Nobody wants to be walking around breathing in coughs, sneezes and nasty diseases, so why should we? Wearing a mask is not just about keeping ourselves safe, it’s about keeping everyone safe, whether that’s at work, at home or in the community. It’s important to realise that wearing a mask isn’t a restriction of our freedom, it’s the opposite; wearing masks helps us to regain our freedom, through making our communities and our interactions safer. This gives us back our freedom to work, freedom to attend school, freedom to interact with others, and, most importantly, our freedom from illness and fear.

So, how do face masks achieve this? Let’s take COVID-19 for example, it’s a respiratory virus, which means it spreads through droplets that leave the mouth or nose when we talk, sing, yell, sneeze, or cough. So, if you’re stood near someone who has the virus, and neither of you are wearing a face mask, it’s highly likely that those droplets will circulate in the air around you and you’ll end up breathing them in. On the other hand, if they’re wearing a face mask, that mask acts as a barrier, reducing the risk that the droplets will escape the mask, protecting you and anyone around them. Since people who have COVID-19 may take a while to experience symptoms, it’s important that people wear face masks to keep our droplets to ourselves, just to be safe.

But diseases and viruses aren’t the only thing our masks can protect us from. Let’s talk about another invisible killer - pollution. Around 91% of the world’s population breathe air that exceeds WHO guideline limits, containing high levels of pollutants such as NO2 and SO2 which increase symptoms of asthma and bronchitis, whilst raising the likelihood of respiratory infections. This results in an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year due to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. Shockingly, over a quarter of British schools, nurseries and colleges are in areas with ‘dangerously high’ levels of air pollution, according to research by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation. The big question is - what can we do to stop this?

Of course, reducing our waste, emissions and impact on the environment is key. But, that’s a long term goal and won’t change what’s going on in the air around us right here, right now. We hope that, in the future, pollution levels will become safer and face masks won’t be needed, but right now we need to protect ourselves with a powerful and safe mask. What many people don’t realise is that the question of which mask to wear is just as important as the decision of whether to wear a mask or not in the first place. You wouldn’t wear sunglasses if they didn’t properly protect your eyes from the sun, right? So why do the same with your face mask?

But how can a face mask protect you from pollution, you ask? When it comes to clean air, the Masuku One is the answer. The filters within are made using a unique method of high-voltage electro-spinning, that creates a spider-web like fibre that shields the wearer from any harmful pathogens, pollutants or pollen. These spider-web like nano-fibres are hundreds of times smaller than those used to make the vast majority of masks currently available and trap any harmful particles that a standard mask may miss. This unique  technology is how the Masuku one acts as a barrier against any nasty pollutants, such as Carbon Monoxide, Lead, Nitrogen Oxide and Sulfur Dioxide, that may be trying to make their way to your lungs.

Take your next step towards clean air, check out the Masuku One today.