The newZensah® Performance Face Mask is the most innovative face covering currently on the market. It is engineered for ultimate comfort through even the most strenuous workouts and runs. It will never develop an odor, it will always feel lightweight and dry, and it won’t tug on your ears like your normal, run of the mill mask. Today’s world is already stressful enough. Why wear an uncomfortable, and potentially unsafe, improvised face mask when you can social distance in style with the Zensah® Performance Face Mask.
Face Masks Becoming the Norm
If you’re like me, and have been spending a big chunk of time following the news surrounding COVID-19, you probably have seen that the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) is now recommending that everyone who leaves their home should wear some type of face covering in public. Many municipalities and states are requiring a face covering be worn in public, taking the CDC’s recommendation a step further. Evidence of how much this can actually protect you is murky, but it is clear that a coronavirus carrier wearing a mask is much less likely to transmit the infection than one with no mask.
Improvised Face Coverings
I’ve seen people improvise all sorts of face coverings in the last few weeks, from medical grade surgical face masks to headbands pulled down over the nose and mouth to hand sewn masks made from everyday materials. Many of these improvised face coverings are made from materials like cotton, easily accessible in old t-shirts you may have laying around. This is an exciting development for many, as it means people are trying to do their part to stop the spread of COVID and “flatten the curve”. However, there are many drawbacks to these improvised masks, including that for people like myself with no crafting ability whatsoever, handmaking a mask would be a frustrating and difficult task.
Drawbacks of Cotton Masks
Besides hand made masks just being hard to make yourself, cotton is not a material that lends itself well to being worn over the face. Cotton holds moisture exceptionally well, which is why it’s used in products such as bath towels, and why it is no longer widely used by athletes. By holding moisture for long periods of time, cotton also becomes a petri dish for the growth of odor-causing and potentially dangerous bacteria that is transferred from sweat or from the skin. This is why cotton clothing can develop very strong odor through continuous use. Cotton also is not great at filtering out small particles, with some studies, including one completed in 2015, showing that up to 97% of particles can pass through the fabric. Pair the bacteria boosting properties of the fabric with the poor filtration, and it becomes clear why the World Health Organization says that “Cloth (e.g. cotton or gauze) masks are not recommended under any circumstance.”
Zensah Performance Face Masks vs. Cotton
The Zensah mask can help stem the spread of COVID-19 and provide a layer of protection against some of the particles that cause its spread. Unlike cotton masks, it won’t develop an odor, it won’t retain moisture, and it won’t allow the growth of dangerous bacteria during continuous use. This is due to the benefits of the silver microparticles embedded in the fabric used to build the Zensah Performance Face Mask. The antibacterial properties of silver are well documented, and will ensure that the mask does not allow the growth of bacteria. In addition, these masks have been engineered for maximum comfort, with a lightweight contoured design that follows the shape of the face, and double straps that softly hug the face rather than tug on the ears. It is moisture wicking and quick drying, meaning it will never feel heavy like cotton does when it gets wet. These masks are perfect for running, walking, working out, going to the supermarket, and so much more, and will help you do your part to “flatten the curve”.
***These masks are NOT medical grade and will NOT prevent you from contracting COVID-19. The most effective way to do so is to follow all CDC guidelines regarding washing your hands and practicing social distancing.