Is your mask safe?

IS your mask safe? A new survey by Which? suggests that some offer little or no protection

Consumer expert Which? surveyed 15 face masks and discovered that some filter out as little as 7 per cent of harmful bacteria.

The survey found that Suberdrug’s Etiquette mask, Lloyds Pharmacy’s mask Termin8 Lightweight Breathable and White Patterned from Asda are so bad that Which? issued them with a ‘Don’t Buy’ rating. Asda has pulled its mask off the shelves as a result.

Which? awarded two of the products tested ‘Best Buy’ status because they were comfortable and breathable without compromising on filtration.

These are the NEQI reusable face mask (£15 for 3), which is available from retailers including Boots and Ocado, as well as Bags of Ethics Great British Designer face coverings (£15 for 3), available at Asos and John Lewis.

Interestingly, experts also found that all reusable masks performed better after being put through a hot wash, as the hot water causes that fibres to become more compressed.

Head of Home Products and Services at Which?, Natalie Hitchins, said:

“We would urge manufacturers to use our findings to up their game and improve their products.”


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Sarah Keane

Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.


    • Herbert Lichtenwald

      30 October 2020 • 16:02

      and another false report
      These masks do not filter viruses (Corona) under any circumstances – they confuse it with bacteria
      the virus is a hundred times smaller than the mask can filter
      the mask is harmful in many other ways and long-term wear has been shown to damage your health


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