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New disposable Mouth and Nose Face Masks in a pack of 10 from Trotec – manufactured and tested in Germany

More effective, more comfortable and less expensive – these are the features of the new high-quality disposable community masks from Trotec: Manufactured in Germany from first-class Meltblown filter fleece. With certified filter performance of 99.5% by the German test centre. You and your family can enjoy optimal protection for yourselves and those around you. Due to their perfect way in which they have been sewed and specially cut, the disposable mask do not require a metal nose clip. Elastic rubber bands ensure that the masks, supplied in packs of 10, fit perfectly without a feeling of pressure.

 

Our disposable Mouth and Nose Face Masks, manufactured in Germany, are made of a high-quality meltblown filter fleece, which is also used for the production of medical FFP3 respiratory masks. The test engineers of the German test centre fiatec Filter & Aerosol Technologie GmbH certify that the filter fleece used has a filter performance of 99.5% – conforming, of course, to DIN 71460-1 standards. In addition, our community masks have a special cut-out and are sewn perfectly such that a metal nose clip is unnecessary. The two elastic rubber bands guarantee the airtight and pressure-free fit of our community masks.

Benefit from the advantages in hygiene of the disposable community masks from Trotec

With our equally effective and inexpensive solution of disposable community masks, you avoid the daily hygiene problems that occur with self-sewn masks. This is because a disposable community mask from Trotec can be simply disposed of in a normal bin after use. This stands in stark contrast to a self-sewn makeshift mouth and nose face mask: according to all current hygiene recommendations, these must be washed in a washing machine at 90 °C or boiled in water on the hob for five minutes before being worn again. After all, the infectious aerosols produced by acutely corona-infected persons accumulate in the cloth fabric of the mask. A contaminated mask, however, does not protect anyone, but rather endangers the wearer themselves. After which it will then be infectious to all other people in the room who have not yet been infected!

Four of the many advantages I particularly like:

  • protection against airborne infections from aerosols for both oneself and those in one’s immediate surroundings
  • filter performance according to DIN 71460-1 0.3 µm > 99.5 % and 0.5 µm 100
  • filter material corresponding to the MeltBlown filter fleece according to standard FFP3
  • production and testing in Germany

COVID-19 following an outbreak at the grocery store.

Former customers of a now-closed Loblaws in Toronto say they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 following an outbreak at the grocery store.

After increasing public concern around the number of staff infections in-store, the Loblaws at Christie and Dupont finally closed its doors earlier this week and now only operates for PC Express and pharmacy pick-ups.

But some Toronto residents who’ve tested positive for the virus say they contracted it while shopping at that Loblaws weeks before, and that both the grocery chain and Toronto Public Health should have prevented that from happening.

Several people have taken to Facebook to post about their experience with the Seaton Village Loblaws.

One Toronto man, Kirk Comrie, says he believes he contracted the virus while shopping there, and then passed it on to his wife Ashley, who has an ongoing autoimmune disorder and was taken into the ICU.

Another man, who asked to remain anonymous, also took to Facebook to detail how he came into contact with the store and then began showing COVID-19 symptoms shortly after.

“During those two weeks, I only left my neighbourhood once to get groceries,” he said.

“Unless I somehow got infected during 3 or 4 walks around my neighbourhood (where I kept my distance from other people) or through packages that arrived in the mail, the most likely scenario is that I got infected during this trip to the grocery store.”

Despite wearing disposable gloves and a disposable mask for the duration of his trip, and sanitizing his hands immediately after his visit, he tested positive for the virus after experiencing a mild fever, body aches, and a severe sinus headache.

Days before his symptoms started to show, he received an e-mail from Loblaws that an employee had tested positive for a presumptive case of COVID-19.

Between mid-April and early March, the Christie and Dupont Loblaws had shut down temporarily four separate times to undergo deep cleaning following reports of positive COVID-19 cases amongst employees.

According to a Loblaws spokesperson, the store added mandatory measures like temperature checks and masks, and was informed by Toronto Public Health that they were “taking the right steps”.

But the man who shopped at Loblaws before the store closed permanently says that the chain should have kept the public better informed about its staff infections.

To date, Loblaws has not revealed how many of its workers have tested positive for COVID-19, and employees claim they, too, have not been updated with how many of their colleagues are now sick.

“I feel like the store, and perhaps Toronto Public Health, has been negligent in alerting the public about that particular location,” said the shopper.

“My confidence in the ability of our public health officials and our government to contain future outbreaks, especially as we move towards re-opening businesses, has been shaken by my experience and these recent revelations.”

 

Microwaving a face mask will eliminate your risk of #COVID…

Personal protective equipment shouldn’t be treated like pizza pockets, according to emergency management professionals from the provincial government.

And yet, people all over North America have apparently been trying to microwave their reusable face masks in recent weeks thanks to some Facebook posts.

“Those that use a fabric mask : After wearing place in ziploc bag and microwave for 2-3 minutes to sanitize. Do this after each wear,” reads one version of the message, as posted to the Facebook profile of a random guy and shared more than 7,000 times.

Actual experts say this is a very, very bad idea — evidence of which can be seen in dozens of other Facebook posts from people who burned their masks (if not their entire kitchens) by trying to “sterilize” them in the microwave.

To be clear.

Microwaving a face mask will eliminate your risk of #COVID…

Through incineration of the mask, your home, and everything in it.https://t.co/phpT1CxGs4
#PSA #FireSafety #Microwave #faceMasks #QuarantineLife #dontdoit pic.twitter.com/3YiRykh8JD

— COVID Coping (@drink_oclock) May 6, 2020

This shoddy DIY pandemic tip has become such a problem, in fact, that Ontario’s Fire Marshal felt the need to issue an official statement on Tuesday warning Ontarians “to never use microwave ovens to sterilize face masks.”

“Ontario’s Fire Marshal is urging all Ontarians to follow the recommendations of medical and health professionals on how to use and clean personal protective equipment (PPE) and stresses that microwave ovens should never be used to sterilize a face mask,” reads a release from the province’s Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

“Microwave ovens are not designed to heat cloth materials, so there is a risk of the mask overheating and catching fire. Many disposable masks also have a metal nose wire or staples holding the straps which can cause sparks or a fire if heated in a microwave.”

Ministry of the Solicitor General

✔@ONsafety

Microwaving a mask won’t sterilize it. Don’t put any masks or flammable objects into your microwave. Misusing your microwave can cause dangerous fires. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/fire-marshal-warns-ontarians-to-never-use-microwave-ovens-to-sterilize-face-masks-889059813.html … #firesafety #COVID19

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Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg also stated in the release that fire-related fatalities were up 65 per cent across the province between Jan. 1 and May 4, compared to the same period of time last year.

Seventeen Ontario residents died from fires in March of 2020 alone, according to Pegg, who stressed that fire safety is especially important right now during a pandemic-mandated lockdown “when so many families are staying at home and doing more cooking.”

Putting a mask in a microwave doesn’t count as cooking, but given Pegg’s announcement it sounds like at least one person in Ontario has tried.

Some people say that Instant Pots can be used to sterilize cloth masks (and Instant Pot agrees!)  but, again, actual experts say otherwise: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a washing machine is your best bet.

DIY personal protective equipment during the pandemic.

People around the world have been coming up with some pretty creative (albeit questionably effective) DIY personal protective equipment during the pandemic.

And though water jugs, coffee filters and sanitary pads may not be the best measures against the airborne virus, one hospital in Toronto has come up with its own innovative version of a disposable mask that might actually prove as functional as an N95.

Anticipating a further shortage of PPE, such as the much-sought-after respirators manufactured by 3M, the city’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has found a way to adapt full-face snorkel masks to function as face coverings to protect frontline healthcare workers from exposure to COVID-19.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

✔@Sunnybrook

 · May 1, 2020

With N95 masks in limited supply worldwide, Sunnybrook is developing and testing an alternative form of the personal protective equipment using a modified full-face snorkel mask, should the need arise.

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Originally Hydro-Swim SeaClear Vista one-piece snorkeling masks, the airtight plastic face coverings are being modified and trialled for their new use in a hospital setting.

The existing design already protects the eyes, nose and mouth from outside contaminants, while the portion at the top of the mask that usually connects to a snorkel tube is being replaced with a disposable 3D-printed ventilator cartridge.

The idea was conceived by Sunnybrook cardiologists and engineers Dr. Brian Courtney and Dr. Brian Li and their teams, while Canadian Tire has come on board to donate more than 1,100 of the reusable masks for them to retool and utilize in-house.

“In the context of the crisis, we are exploring all options,” the hospital’s medical director of infection prevention and control said in a statement.

Sunnybrook notes that the masks will only be employed if tests prove their safety and effectiveness, and only if the need arises, i.e. if N95 masks become more inaccessible amid global supply issues — but, it says results from the testing so far have been “promising.”