A superb new option for city joggers and cyclists and anyone who travels by public transport.
The new Respilon Scarf Mask protects against tiny airborne particles that are hazardous to health. Known as Particulate Matter 2.5 (or PM2.5), these are the particles of pollution that lead to allergy and infection.
Sandwiched between two layers of stretch cotton is a unique layer of nanofibre creating a barrier that prevents you breathing in PM2.5 pollution from diesel fumes, smog, dust, pollen and pet allergen, viruses and bacteria.
- captures 99.9% of all airborne particles and microorganisms as tiny as 0.001 micron
- tested and approved by EMPA Laboratories (Switzerland), VUT (Czech Republic), Nelson Laboratories (USA) for bacterial, virus and particle hold-out
- breathable, cool and comfortable
- tubular design with concealed adjustable nose clip
- for outdoor and urban respiratory protection
- ideal to wear during a flu epidemic or pandemics such as Swine Fever or H1N1 and in the pollen season for relief from hayfever symptoms
One size (M) with built-in stretch. Fits small and medium adult men and women.
Anti-smog Nanofibre Scarf Mask
Fine Particles (PM 2.5) Questions and Answers
What is Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5)?
Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is an air pollutant that is a concern for people's health when levels in the air are high. PM2.5 are tiny particles that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated. Outdoor PM2.5 levels are most likely to be elevated on days with little or no wind..
PM2.5 particles are two and a half microns or less in width, hence the 2.5 in their name. There are about 25,000 microns in an inch. The smaller particles are so small that several thousand of them could fit on the full stop at the end of this sentence.
How can PM2.5 affect my health?
Particles in the PM2.5 size range are able to travel deeply into the respiratory tract, reaching the lungs. Exposure to fine particles can cause short-term health effects such as eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath. Exposure to fine particles can also affect lung function and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease. Scientific studies have linked increases in daily PM2.5 exposure with increased respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions, emergency department visits and deaths. Studies also suggest that long term exposure to fine particulate matter may be associated with increased rates of chronic bronchitis, reduced lung function and increased mortality from lung cancer and heart disease. People with breathing and heart problems, children and the elderly may be particularly sensitive to PM2.5.
Where does PM2.5 come from?
There are outdoor and indoor sources of fine particles. Outside, fine particles primarily come from car, truck, bus and other vehicle exhausts and other operations that involve the burning of fuels such as wood, heating oil or coal and natural sources such as forest and grass fires.
Fine particles also form from the reaction of gases or droplets in the atmosphere from sources such as power plants. These chemical reactions can occur miles from the original source of the emissions. Because fine particles can be carried long distances from their source, events such as wildfires or volcanic eruptions can raise fine particle concentrations hundreds of miles from the event.
PM2.5 is also produced by common indoor activities. Some indoor sources of fine particles are tobacco smoke, cooking (e.g., frying, sautéing, and grilling), burning candles or oil lamps, having open fires or log-burning stoves and fuel-burning space heaters (e.g., kerosene heaters).
Available in medium size only. Incorporates built-in stretch. Fits small and medium adult men and women.
Scarf composition: 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane. Nanofiber membrane: 99.99% Polypropylene, 0.01% Polyvinylidene Fluoride.