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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 coroana virus. This mask will *not* prevent exposure - it will only reduce it. This mask contains a 3/16” wide bendable metal nose piece to give a closer fit. The nose piece contains nickel, but there are at least 2 layers of fabric between the metal and skin. Elastic ties can be used behind the head/neck, or behind the ears. We use a box pleat pattern because we fill it gives a better fit.
On request, this mask can be made with red latex-free elastic
There is some variation in the mask size. We will make a mask for you if we do not have the right size on hand and if we still have some of the fabric. 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 the 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