At the time of writing there are no hard and fast rules on the design of a protective mask to be worn by the general public. We believe both ClearShield and Clearshield Neo Face masks meet the requirements for public/community masks in the countries where we sell.
Most countries rely on the following guidelines when recommending so called “Public or Community Mask”:
“There are no rules on the design of Community facemasks for use by the public during the Covid-19 pandemic. Guidance says they should cover the mouth and nostrils and extend from the chin to the nasal septum. (Clearshield meets these recommendations when worn correctly).”
“The Public should not use Medical masks or PPE (for example KN95) as they are reserved for medical professionals only. Blue Face disposable masks should not be used for more than 4 hours before being safely disposed of. Community facemasks do not have CE approval as medical devices.”
The European Union – European Centre for disease prevention and control guidance to members states is as follows:
Advice for Public health authorities in the EU/EEA countries and the United Kingdom.
Non-medical face masks (or ‘community’ masks) (intended to be worn by the general public) include various forms of self-made or commercial masks or face covers made of cloth, other textiles or other materials such as paper. They are not standardised and are not intended for use in healthcare settings or by healthcare professionals.
The World Health Organisation guidance is as follows:
Non-medical masks are made from a variety of woven and non-woven fabrics (or plastics, such as polypropylene). Non-medical masks may be made of different combinations of fabrics, layering sequences and available in diverse shapes. Few of these combinations have been systematically evaluated and there is no single design, choice of material, layering or shape among the nonmedical masks that are available. The unlimited combination of fabrics and materials results in variable filtration and breathability. A non-medical mask is neither a medical device nor personal protective equipment.
There are no established standards for non-medical face masks used as a means of source control or personal protection.
As with everything to do with your health, it’s your responsibility to satisfy yourself that the mask or shield you choose meets your needs