Which mask to use in 2021?

For almost a year, wearing a mask has become normal to protect yourself from the coronavirus and now from its variants.

Faced with the shortage of masks, many have turned to their sewing machine to develop them by following the "AFNOR standards": no sagittal seam, 3 folds etc...

Then gradually came disposable masks, washable ones, surgical ones, FFP1, FFP2, UNS1, UNS2, cat1, cat2, KN95... a whole barbaric language for the average consumer! However, for the past few days, "homemade" or cat2 fabric masks have no longer been recommended or even "prohibited" in certain companies because they are not filtering enough.


What mask worn?

To deal with the different variants, three kinds of masks must be worn in the public space:

  • surgical masks: disposable paper masks, easily recognizable by their blue and white faces
  • FFP2 masks
  • UNS1 category 1 industrial fabric masks

Why wear one of these masks?

The level of protection just isn't the same. Indeed, a so-called category 2 handmade fabric mask has an average particle filtration rate of 70%, while a category 1 mask will have a filtration rate greater than or equal to 90%. This is why they are more protective.

Where to find UNS1 masks?

Simply on varionet.com!

Indeed, since April 2020 we have been offering fabric masks with a filtration efficiency of 99% after 30, 40 washes. These European-made protective masks have been tested in various laboratories and meet UNS1 standards. These are multi-layer fabric masks with or without a protective polyurethane flap. All have an antibacterial treatment, compliant with OECD 406 (skin sensitivity), OECD 209/3028 (biodegradable) standards and without silver ions. Complies with REACH and OEKO-TEX 100 regulations.

These masks are available in adult and child sizes but can also be suitable for small faces.

Choosing an M1 or M2 breathing mask is not only protecting yourself, protecting others but also our environment...

Use your breathing mask properly

Find some tips for wearing your washable and reusable mask with peace of mind.
  • hand hygiene, do not touch your face
  • fit the mask well on the face at the level of the nose and chin
  • wear the mask for 4 hours max; renew it as soon as it is damp, unpleasant to wear
  • remove it by the rubber bands, avoiding touching it
  • put it in a suitable container while waiting to wash it at 60°
  • possibility of disinfection with a UVC sterilizer
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The wearing of mandatory respiratory masks

Wearing a mask becomes compulsory in France
On Thursday July 16, 2020, our Prime Minister Jean Castex confirms Emmanuel Macron's previous announcement requiring the wearing of a mask in all closed public establishments. Nevertheless, this obligation initially scheduled for August 1, 2020, was brought forward to Monday July 20 due to a general relaxation of the population of barrier measures following weak signs of resumption of the epidemic.
Masks or visors?
Given the high summer heat, many are wondering if the visor , which offers breathing convenience superior to the mask, could replace it.
First of all, the visor is equipment intended for the protection of the eyes and the face and not for respiratory protection . Indeed, the visor perfectly protects the entire face from droplets emitted by a person nearby, which can be projected up to 1.80m. According to the Office of Public Health, particles can remain suspended in the air for several minutes. So as the National Institute for Research and Security asserts, visors "do not have the effectiveness of breathing protection masks.
Why not choose visor masks?
On Varionet , we offer visor masks : this is a fabric mask that can be reused 30 times on which you can clip a rhodoïd visor.
All our respiratory protection masks are equipped with an anti-bacterial barrier and are an effective, economical and ecological solution. Washable masks with removable visor are a perfect alternative to stay protected and without forgetting to protect others.