N95 Masks Update – Oct 2020

With the increased possibility for a second wave of Coronavirus infections in many countries around the world, we have been getting lots of inquiries and questions about our products.

Q. Do you have N95 masks / respirators in stock?
A. Yes, we have N95 masks in stock and ready to ship to you.

Q. Can you sell a large quantity?
A. Sorry, in order to be fair and get as many people N95 masks as possible, we only sell small quantities. Currently, the min order is 2 masks and maximum is 10 masks per order.

Q. Where do you ship from?
A. We have shipping out of both USA and Canada. If you live in the USA for example, your order will be shipped USPS from the USA.

Q. Who are your customers?
A. Our customers are front line workers, doctors, nurses, dentists and many heath care provider professions. We also serve office, warehouse and delivery drivers. Trades people who work in dangerous environments order our N95 masks.There is also a big demand in hospitality and retail. Finally, we serve individuals and families who understand the level of protection of N95 masks and also individuals that may be at a higher risk due to age or pre-existing health conditions.

Q. How long does it take to get my N95 mask?
Shipping time to USA is 3-5 days with USPS
Canada 2-5 days
Europe 7-14 day
Asia 14 days

We hope this has been helpful and wish you and your family safety and good health in these difficult times.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us anytime.

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Face Mask Material – How different materials perform

With a shortage of quality face masks around the world, many are asking how they can make their own masks and how effective they are.

The first question is what face mask material should be used to provide the most protection.

Tom Kennedy is the CEO of a company that does the testing to certify N95 masks. He offered to test 20 different face mask materials that could be used to make face masks at home.

With the shortage, testing face mask material is a great idea. Great job to Mr. Kennedy for stepping up to do these tests and also for all the efforts of the mask designer Chloe Schempf.

It is great information and hopefully it helps save a few lives (see article link in above paragraph).

Unfortunately, as the data shows, none of the face mask materials tested for home made masks come close to the performance of the “gold standard” which is the N95 face mask.


Face Masks Mandatory in Canada for Air Travel

As of last week, face masks mandatory!

The minister of transport, Marc Garneau said, “Canadians should continue to follow public health advice and stay at home if possible. However, if you need to travel, wearing a face covering is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you, especially in situations where physical distancing guidelines cannot be maintained. Transport Canada will continue to ensure various transportation systems adapt to the most effective, preventive measures to protect Canadians.”

In other official communications, they have a post on their website about the mandatory face masks and also a graphic (below).

face masks mandatory canada
Face masks mandatory Canada

It is interesting that they mention “non-medical” masks. We assume that this specifically mentioned to avoid upsetting people that think that better quality masks should be reserved for health care workers only.

Air travel is particularly risk with hundreds of people in a confined area. If a high percentage of the population has the Coronavirus but are asymptomatic, there is a high chance of the virus circulating inside the plane cabin.

While we don’t have any travel planned, if travel is necessary, we will be wearing N95 masks for certain.

Here are some more recent face mask policies from around the world:

  • Maryland, New York, and New Jersey have issued orders requiring face masks in crowded areas
  • The US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recommends masks nationwide
  • Walmart stores in the USA now require employees to wear masks and encourage customers to as well
  • The government of Germany has issued advice to wear masks
  • In Lombardy, Italy, face masks are compulsory in all outdoor settings
  • In Austria, rules require people to cover their faces while shopping
  • Some cities in France, including Nice, have made face masks compulsory in public
  • Slovakia and the Czech Republic have made face masks compulsory in public
  • The mayor of London has called for compulsory face masks, but the UK government has not made a decision
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N95 Mask Review Workhorse SRS1010V Review

We were looking forward to trying out the McCordick Workhorse SRS1010V N95 Mask to see how it would perform.

Workhorse SRS1010V Valved Mask
Workhorse SRS1010V Valved Mask

Having to wear N95 masks for long periods day in and day out (in a non-medical setting), we prefer valved masks. It is much easier to breath and the valve lets the exhaled breath out of the mask and keeps the user cooler and more comfortable.

At first glance, the workhorse mask appears to be constructed well and the mask materials and finish are both high quality.

When selecting a brand of mask to wear, the most important factor is fit. For the mask to be effective, the mask has to fit the face and provide a proper seal.

For myself, this mask didn’t fit my face as well as the 3M 8511 Coolflow or the Degil Odyssey N95 Mask with Valve. This is not bad for the Workhorse mask, it is just the shape and size of my face doesn’t match with this mask well. I would say that this mask is a little bit smaller than the above two masks. So if you have a smaller face, this mask might be a good choice for you.

The mask material itself seems sturdy and thick, it gives us confidence that it will do a good job of filtering out the unwanted particles. It seems a little more stiff than the 3M 8511 and the Degil Odyssey N95 Mask with Valve and didn’t mold to my face as well on the first use. It did soften up after a few uses though.

Straps. The straps on this mask are the standard issue rubber band style straps. We wish more high end masks would use the fabric braided style bands that come on the 3M 8511, 8210Plus and Rok masks. They last much longer and allow for more re-use of the mask.

That said, there are lots of good ways to replace the bands if they break or wear out.

Valve. The valve worked well and reliably and it was on par with the 3M 8511. Similarly, when resting and breathing softly the valve does not open easily. But when breathing a little harder for example when walking, the valve opens reliably and does a good job.

Here is a video of the valve in action.

Workhorse SRS1010V N95 Mask – Valve in action

Overall, this is a great quality mask for those that prefer a valved N95 mask. We wish it had better straps but those can be easily replaced if necessary. The fit of this mask is a little smaller than the other masks we have tested and would be a good choice if you have a smaller face.


Wear Masks Canada Top Doctor Changes Recommendation

Wear masks Canada! Less than a week ago, March 30, 2020, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s top public health doctor has changed her mind on recommending if the public wear face masks.

In this video, March 30, 2020, she recommends AGAINST the public wearing masks. She says the “evidence is not there” for the public to wear masks.

Then this week, the CDC finally recommends that the public wear masks.

Now, only 7 days after saying that the evidence is not there, Canada’s Tam’s new recommendation is for the public to wear masks.

Unfortunately, she still says that N95 masks should be saved only for “front line health workers”.

But what about other front line workers? Police, fire departments, warehouse workers, retail workers, drivers etc. These people are critical and deserve to have N95 masks to protect them as well.


Wearing Masks vs Not Wearing Masks – East vs West

Wearing Face Masks vs Not Wearing Face Masks. The culture and attitudes to wearing face masks in public is drastically different between the East and West.

Many countries in the East, Singapore, Japan, China, South Korea and others have given their citizens advise (or mandatory orders) to wear face masks in public.

Officials in western countries have been telling citizens that wearing face masks do not help and healthy people should not be wearing face masks.

We have always maintained that this goes against all common sense and logic. Officials are now admitting that the advice was given to save face masks for health professionals.

In this post we won’t go into the moral aspects of this bad advice. It is clear however that front line workers, drivers, retail workers, food service and many non-hospital health care workers have not been wearing masks and it has not only endangered their lives but endangered the lives of the general public.

Up until now, there hasn’t been any data comparisons on this topic but more people are starting to talk and think about this.

Comparison. Countries wearing masks vs. not wearing masks
Comparison. Countries wearing masks vs. not wearing masks

While they are only high level comparison and not a peer reviewed scientific study, it is still eye opening. It is clear that the East countries that are wearing masks have been much more successful in containing the spread of the virus.

Source: Comparing countries that wear masks with those that don’t wear masks


Reuse N95 Masks?

Reuse N95 masks? Lately, due to the global shortage, we are getting a lot of questions about this.

There are many questions, first question is, can I wash it in the washing machine?

We strongly recommend against this as washing it will degrade the integrity of the N95 mask for certain.

Another common question is how many times can I use the N95 masks?

First of all, it should be identified the type of use. Someone going to the store a couple times per week is very different than a ICU nurse that is doing 10 hour shifts, seven days a week.

With light use, N95 masks can likely be reused many many times. We did a long term test of a N95 mask (3M 8511 Review) and wore it for two weeks 4-5 hours every day in a work situation.

We made sure to hang it up after each use, don and doff (put on and take off) it carefully and not to damage the shape of the mask. It held up very well and likely could be used for even longer.

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) also has some recommendations for extended use of N95 masks.

Due to the the high number of factors and different types and lengths of usages involved, they said “There is no way of determining the maximum possible number of safe reuses for an N95 respirator as a generic number to be applied in all cases.”

That said, they have some very practical tips on their site for those looking to reuse N95 Masks.

The next question is what is the best way to clean / disinfect N95 masks. We will have some tips and research on that for you soon!

Note: is not making specific recommendations if you should or how to reuse N95 masks. Our aim is to get you as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision.


CDC Recommends Face Masks – A Step in the Right Direction

After dragging their feet and opposing common sense, American officials are finally coming around to display some logical thinking and recommendations.

The CDC recommends face masks for prevention of the spread of coronavirus.

This is good news but it is only a small step in the right direction.

They are only recommending cloth face masks.

Here is why that is a problem.

Wearing face masks prevents the spread of Coronavirus in two ways.

First, it prevents a sick or diseased wearer from spreading the virus into the air. If the masses are wearing masks this is a huge help to suppress virus transmission.

Second, it should protect the wearer from breathing in the virus.

The CDC recommendation only helps on the first point and may not help people from breathing in the virus as cloth masks are very porous and likely does not stop the virus.

Doctors, nurses, dentists and healthcare workers rely on N95 masks to stop them from breathing in pathogens, dangerous particles and viruses.

It would only make sense that if N95 masks keep healthcare workers safe, then it should keep the rest of the population safe as well.

The only possible reason they are not recommending everyone to wear N95 masks is because of lack of supply.

But what about other front line workers? Restaraunt workers, cleaners, teachers, delivery drivers, police and fire departments, warehouse workers, farm and food chain, critical retail store employees, banks?

These people are not second class citizens, they are providing essential services to the world and they are told to work without protection. They don’t have access to the N95 masks they need and are being given recommendations to wear cloth masks.

This is wrong and it is endangering lives. There are other workers other than healthcare that deserve the right to carry out their work safely and lower the risk of infection and death.


Coronavirus Spreads by Breathing and Talking

Coronavirus Spreads by Breathing and Talking is the message Dr. Harvey Fineberg, committee chairmen, NAS’ Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, National Academy of Sciences, along with an expert panel told the American White House.

He said, “While the current [coronavirus] specific research is limited, the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing,”

He told CNN that he would start wearing a mask when he goes out to the store.

He said that research from a Chinese hospital showed that the virus could be suspended in the air when patients or staff move around, clean floors and remove protective gear.

Research from the University of Nebraska also shows that the virus can be found in the air more than 6 feet away in a patient’s room.

He also said, “If you generate an aerosol of the virus with no circulation in a room, it’s conceivable that if you walk through later, you could inhale the virus,” Fineberg said. “But if you’re outside, the breeze will likely disperse it.”

All the more reasons to wear N95 masks to protect yourself from the virus


Everyone Wear Face Masks – New York City Recommends

Everyone wear face masks. The tide is turning and some sense is starting to emerge from officials in North America and the West.

Previously official advice was NOT to wear a mask. They said it did not protect against the Coronavirus. Most believed it.

Now in an embarrassing about-face, New Yorkers are now being told to wear masks when they go out in public.

They also admitted that earlier advice to not wear a mask was to save N95 masks for healthcare workers.

They are still not recommending to wear proper N95 masks as they are in short supply.

I don’t know what is worse, the lying to the public or jeopardising thousands and maybe tens of thousands of lives.

Who knows how many lives could have been saved if everybody in America was wearing masks in public from the beginning.

It is just common sense and it helps two-fold. First it helps sick people transmitting the virus into the air and second it stops a wearer from breathing in the virus.

It also sounds like the CDC is about to change their recommendation to tell people to wear masks. We will see in the coming days and weeks.