Face Masks 101

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ELoMed™ is on a mission to transform the face mask industry with biodegradable, disposable face masks that are made in the USA. Our triple layer face masks are comfortable, breathable, with medical-grade quality. In an effort to reduce waste and keep our environment clean, all of our face masks are placed in biodegradable plastic-free packaging and delivered in recyclable paper boxes. Even our shipping labels are compostable!

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Tips for Finding a Comfortable & Breathable Face Mask

While the main priority of choosing a face mask should be safety, many of us have struggled to find face masks that are both effective and comfortable. Long hours of wearing face masks can lead to discomfort, itching, and foggy glasses — leading many people in search of the most comfortable and breathable face mask.  As of January 28th, 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidelines on the different types of masks and respirators available, as well as their benefits and potential detriments.  Key considerations for choosing a mask Wearing a mask is key to preventing the spread of COVID-19 so it is important to find a most comfortable face mask so you will wear it...

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Finding the best face mask for Covid: Considerations & FAQs

Search for the best face mask for covid on your device and you will be deluged with pages upon pages of advertising. But with some basic knowledge about face masks and understanding your risk of exposure, you can make the best choice for protection. Droplets and particles from talking, coughing, sneezing, and singing can cause infection. Studies show that risk is greatly reduced with a high-quality mask. Most popular face masks Cloth, disposable procedure masks, N95 and other respirators, and even neck gaiters and bandanas are frequently used face mask options. But all options are not created equal! Cloth face masks The NIH concluded that  cloth face masks have limited efficacy in combating viral infection transmission. The filtration effectiveness of...

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Understanding ASTM Levels for Choosing Safer Masks

Picking the best face mask can make a big difference when you want to keep yourself and others around you safe and healthy. One important factor is if your mask has met ASTM testing standards — and the level met. Consumers can use ASTM levels to choose the best mask for their specific situations. This post will cover everything you need to know to pick the best mask for your needs.  When the coronavirus began, published standards were available for surgical masks and N95 masks — face masks in healthcare settings. Consumer grade masks did not have certifications until nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic. But now, with ASTM standards, consumers can verify the efficacy of bacterial filtration and...

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How to Reduce Pandemic Pollution Caused by Disposable Masks

Pandemic pollution has become a global issue caused by the frequent use of plastics, gloves and disposable masks.  Every month, an estimated 150 billion disposable face masks are used and discarded. As a result, they are piling up in landfills, floating around in the ocean, and littering the streets. Most disposable surgical masks are manufactured with plastics and harmful chemicals, which means it can take decades to hundreds of years for them to decompose. Our planet is already dealing with an extreme waste crisis. An estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste are polluting our oceans, trillions of tons of solid waste sit in landfills, and we are just producing more every day.  These statistics might sound daunting, but there...

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Mask Pollution in the Ocean: A Reason For Concern

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ecosystems around the world are feeling the effects of increased mask pollution in the ocean. While the pandemic has gone through various ups and downs in terms of severity, case numbers have spiked recently, which means masks aren’t going away any time soon. But, if hundreds of millions of people are expected to continue mask use on a daily basis through 2022 and on, then a solution must be made to protect our oceans and marine life before we reach irreversible consequences.  A Look at Face Mask Pollution in 2021 When analyzing the severity of face mask pollution in 2021, and the previous year, you’ll find some unsettling numbers. A study by Concordia...

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