IS your mask safe? A new survey by Which? suggests that some offer little or no protection
Consumer expert Which? surveyed 15 face masks and discovered that some filter out as little as 7 per cent of harmful bacteria.
The survey found that Suberdrug’s Etiquette mask, Lloyds Pharmacy’s mask Termin8 Lightweight Breathable and White Patterned from Asda are so bad that Which? issued them with a ‘Don’t Buy’ rating. Asda has pulled its mask off the shelves as a result.
Which? awarded two of the products tested ‘Best Buy’ status because they were comfortable and breathable without compromising on filtration.
These are the NEQI reusable face mask (£15 for 3), which is available from retailers including Boots and Ocado, as well as Bags of Ethics Great British Designer face coverings (£15 for 3), available at Asos and John Lewis.
Interestingly, experts also found that all reusable masks performed better after being put through a hot wash, as the hot water causes that fibres to become more compressed.
Head of Home Products and Services at Which?, Natalie Hitchins, said:
“We would urge manufacturers to use our findings to up their game and improve their products.”
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