This is actually a rehashing of an old post but it seems really relevant these days. Compact Impact sells (for around $10) playful versions of the paper breathing mask.
The very sterile looking white gauze mask inspired us to make it more cheerful and funny while still serving its purpose. This new mask is no longer masking, but transforming the part of the face it is hiding. Currently there are 6 types of masks available (Tiger, pig, jaguar, orangutan, gorilla and Seal).
They also now offer a decorator mask that lets you add your own personal flare but I think they may want to reconsider the pig mask.
What are facemasks and do they work?
Facemasks help stop droplets from being spread by the person wearing them. They also keep splashes or sprays from reaching the mouth and nose of the person wearing the facemask. They are not designed to protect you against breathing in very small particles. Facemasks should be used once and then thrown away in the trash.
Very little is known about the benefits of wearing facemasks and respirators to help control the spread of pandemic flu. In the absence of clear science, the steps below offer a “best estimate” to help guide decisions. They will be revised as new information becomes available.
Consider wearing a facemask if
? You are sick with the flu and think you might have close contact with other people.
? You live with someone who has the flu (you therefore might be in the early stages of infection) and need to be in a crowded place. Limit the amount of time you spend in these crowded places and wear a facemask while you are there.
? You are well and do not expect to be in close contact with a sick person but need to be in a crowded place. Limit the amount of time you spend in these crowded places and wear a facemask while you are there.
Consider wearing a respirator if
? You are well and you expect to be in close contact with people who are known or thought to be sick with pandemic flu. Limit the amount of time you are in close contact with these people and wear a respirator during this time. These recommendations apply if you must take care of a sick person at home.
So yes, they do work in that they do what they are designed for, namely – keeping contaminated liquids (spray or splatter) from reaching the mouth. They do not really help against airborne bacteria and viruses. They do help keep the sick people from sneezing all over the rest of us, so keep on wearing them America, I don’t want you to spread your germs to anyone.