Disposable masks are being worn 3 times longer than recommended

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Disposable masks are being worn 3 times longer than recommended, says survey
CREDIT: OCU

According to a new survey, disposable masks are being worn on average for 12 hours – three times longer than is considered optimal.

The study, carried out by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU), found that on average, reusable fabric masks are worn about 13 hours before being washed; and those that have a filter, such as the FFP2, up to 21 hours – far higher than the four hours indicated by the Ministry of Health.

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The OCU warns, in line with health expert advice, that exceeding the advisable time of use compromises the filtration efficiency and increases the risk of infecting Covid-19.

“The wearing time of masks is lengthened much more than recommended, something that directly affects its filtration capacity, efficiency and safety,” said OCU.


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