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Staying on top of the latest health information and recommendations is key to keeping us all safe. We keep an updated guide below, as well, showing many of our frequently asked questions.
We thought you might ask. Blue Bear Protection provides high quality PPE products at reasonable prices, so that everyone can afford to feel safe. We are an American company, but with deep roots in design & manufacturing across the globe. We leverage this expertise to manufacture and source the safest possible products, which offer the highest standards of protection. We wish to become the world’s most trusted brand in the PPE space.
Results from an independent third party study, conducted on May 1st, show that Blue Bear disposable face masks screen out 99.56% of all particulate matter.
In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.
The CDC recommends that everyone -- sick or healthy -- wear a face mask in places where it can be hard to stay 6 feet away from others, like grocery stores. That's because studies show that people can spread coronavirus even if they don't have symptoms (called asymptomatic) or before they have symptoms (called presymptomatic). In fact, you might be the most contagious just before symptoms begin.
Yes, but the six feet rule is only one part of social distancing. Even if you maintain a distance of six feet from others, you should still wear a face mask. 6 feet is the distance officially recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Scientists generally agree that the average cough or sneeze doesn’t project fluid beyond that range. However, there are additional, equally important aspects of social distancing. In this regard, the question to ask is not “Is 6 feet enough?” but rather, “Why do I need to distance myself?” We practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, which spreads primarily through close contact with others. This happens when an infected person (who may or may not exhibit symptoms) coughs, sneezes, or otherwise passes fluids to people nearby. Generally, 6 feet is considered a safe distance to prevent spread of the virus in this way. That being said, the virus can still live on surfaces. If you touch an infected surface then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes, you can still contract the virus, even if you are six feet apart. This is why it’s important to avoid touching your face, wash your hands, and wear a face mask when you go out in public.
Disposable face masks are not intended to be used more than once. If your mask is damaged or soiled, or if breathing through the mask becomes difficult, you should remove the face mask, discard it safely, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your mask, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used mask.
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If worn properly, a face mask is meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose. Face masks may also help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others. While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Face masks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the face mask and your face.
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1. Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
2. Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
3. Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
4. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
5. To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
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Masks or cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
Yes - Blue Bear Protection is donating 10% of all profits to selected charities helping battle the spread of COVID-19.
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Our masks are manufactured in China under strict guidance and quality control regulations.
Yes, with some exceptions. The Center for Disease Control still recommends that "children over the age of 2 wear a face mask."
It’s important to make sure your child’s mask fits - a mask that doesn’t fit well can’t do its job. Your child’s mask should fit snugly (but not too tightly!) on the sides of their face and fully cover the nose and mouth. The easiest way to make sure your child’s mask fits correctly is to buy a child-sized mask.
There is one important exception to this recommendation. Children under the age of 2 should not wear face masks, as babies and toddlers might experience difficulty breathing. But in all other cases, it’s important for children to wear a mask when going to a public setting, just like adults.
More than ever, it’s important to wear a face mask whenever you plan on being in public. But while any mask is better than not wearing one at all, not all masks are created equal.
The most effective masks are N95s. N95s are personal protective equipment that have been certified by the FDA to block at least 95% of very small particles, about 0.3 microns. The CDC does not recommend N95s for the general public, as these are vital supplies that should be reserved for medical workers.
Homemade face masks or DIY face masks made from cotton are more common. These are effective to a point—they will block bodily fluids that carry the virus. But homemade face masks do not filter particles out of the air. Pathogens can still reach you through the mask.
Melt-blown face masks are much more effective. An outer layer repels fluids to protect you from infection, while an inner layer absorbs any moisture you exhale to prevent you from infecting others. The most important layer, however, is the one inside. This layer is made from melt-blown fabric. While woven fabrics can allow tiny particles to pass through, the melt-blown manufacturing process converts polymers directly into extremely small fibers capable of filtering out pathogens. This melt-blown layer is the part of the mask that stops the virus in its tracks.
If you’re planning on going to a public place, it’s better to wear any mask than none at all, but wherever possible, wear a 3-layer mask with a melt-blown inner layer to protect yourself and your family.
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