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We add a layer of silk between the two layers of 100% cotton(exclusive of thread) fabric to make this face mask as recommended by the latest research for reducing exposure to the novel coronavirus. This mask will *not* prevent exposure - it will only reduce it. The mask contains a 3/16" wide bendable metal nosepiece to give a closer fit. The nosepiece contains nickel, but there are 2 layers of fabric between the metal and skin. 1/4" black elastic ties can be used behind the head/neck,or behind the ears. Ties are tacked into sleeves to allow gathering for a better fit. Long term, the sleeve design for the ties allows easier replacement of the ties should the elastic fatigue. We use a box pleat pattern because we feel it gives a better fit.
On request, any of our masks can be made with red latex-free elastic.
There is some variation in the mask size. Please use the comments to tell us the size of the person for whom this mask is intended.
This is a 3-layer mask. It's designed to inhibit the flow of air. You'll need to be able to breathe deeply to be able to use it. If your lung function is impaired and you can't take a deep breath, this may not be the mask for you.
Machine was gentle in a lingerie bag. You can use hot water, but it is soap that kills the virus. The lingerie bag helps cushion the metal nosepieces. You can put them in the dryer - the fabric is preshrunk. However,they will last longer washed and dried by hand.
*Link to research: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.0c03252
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