11 Surgical Mask Brands Available Online with Mask Standard Review

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COVID-19 outbreak persists, and the mask order has been extended to all indoor and outdoor public spaces. Masks have become a necessity for Hong Kong people but how to ensure that we wear our masks properly? It is important that we pay attention to the proper use of masks because the effectiveness of mask will be reduced if we wear it improperly. The Department of Health listed out the correct ways to wear mask and in this article, we will summarize the guidelines and give you some tips on wearing masks.

 

Besides, the standard and specification of masks are also equally important. What is BFE, PEE, VFE? What does ASTM F2100 Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 represent? Let us tell you the different protection levels of different masks.



Proper Way of Wearing Mask 1: Know the Front and Back of a Mask

Speaking of how to wear a mask correctly, you must first know the front and back of the mask. Although the outbreak has lasted for more than half a year already, many people still couldn't tell the front and back of masks, or even wore the wrong mask, which affected the antibacterial efficacy. According to the two tips provided by the Center for Health Protection, you can wear a mask correctly by:

 

  1. Two-colour mask: the coloured side faces outwards and the light-colored side faces inwards
  2. Monochrome masks: the side of the metal strip that protrudes outward is the outside, especially for white masks that are difficult to distinguish between the front and back.

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Proper Way of Wearing Mask 2: The Correct Way of Wearing Mask

To effectively prevent COVID-19, we should learn to distinguish between the front and back of a mask and master the correct way to wear a mask. Next, we will teach you the correct way to wear a mask,

  1. The colored side faces outward, and the metal strip side faces upward.
  2. Wrap the rubber band around the ear.
  3. Pull out the surgical mask so that the mask completely covers the mouth, nose, and chin.
  4. Press the metal strips of the surgical mask tightly along the sides of the nose to make the mask close to the face.
  5. When removing the mask, try to avoid touching the outer part of the mask, because this part may have been contaminated with germs.

 

Before putting on the mask and after removing the mask, remember to clean your hands with soap, disinfectant spray or hand rub. As long as you remember the above points, you should have a good grasp of the correct way to wear a mask!

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Mask Standard 1: What are BFE, PFE and VFE?

The supply of masks in Hong Kong is gradually stabilizing. There are many types of masks in Hong Kong, such as Korean KF94 masks, Japanese masks and Taiwanese masks. What should we choose? To buy a mask, you must first know the specification of the mask.

 

Whether it is a surgical mask or an N95 mask, the filtration efficiency is an inevitable mask specification, which can be understood according to the following standards:

  • BFE (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency): For bacteria with a size of 3um
  • PFE (Particulate Filtration Efficiency): For particles with a size of 1um
  • VFE (Viral Filtration Efficiency): For viruses with a size of 1 to 5um

 

To put it simple, BFE and VFE have the same test basis so there is no need to look for a VFE standard mask. N95 mask has a strong filtering ability yet prior to wearing it, it must undergo a Fit Test to see if it fits snugly on the face and whether it will leak. Therefore, under the current situation, people only need to wear a surgical mask that meets the BFE ≥95% standard. It is good enough to deal with the threat of COVID-19 spreading through the transmission.

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Mask Standard 2: What are Lv1, Lv2, Lv3 and KF94?

There is no international uniform standard for masks, so different countries, such as the United States, South Korea and European Union each have their own set of guidelines to measure the barrier performance of masks. The following tables list out the standards of different masks,

 

American Mask Standard: ASTM

Level 1 Mask

Fluid Resistance (mmHg): 80
BFE: ≥ 95%

Level 2 Mask

Fluid Resistance (mmHg): 120
BFE: ≥ 98%

Level 3 Mask

Fluid Resistance (mmHg): 160
BFE: ≥ 98%

 

South Korean Mask Standard: Korean Filter (KF)

KF80 Mask

Block 80% 0.6um non-oil particles

KF94 Mask

Block 94% 0.6um non-oil particles and 0.4um oil particles

KF99 Mask

Block 99% 0.6um non-oil particles and 0.4um oil particles

 

European Union (EU) Mask Standard: EN14683 Mask (with discount code)

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  Type I Type IR Type II Type IIR
Fluid Resistance
(mmHg)
N/A 120 N/A 120
BFE ≥95% ≥95% ≥98% ≥98%

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Mask Standard 3: Understanding the structure of Mask

The front and back of the mask is highly dependent on the structure of the mask. Taking the most common medical surgical mask as an example, they generally adopt a three-layer structure:

  • Outer layer: waterproof/splash-proof layer, can prevent liquid splash, which means to prevent fluid from touching the mouth and nose
  • Middle layer: filter layer, used to block the penetration of germs, the filtering performance of the mask depends on this layer
  • Inner layer: water-absorbing/hydrophilic layer, the main function is to absorb the moisture released by the wearer

 

After understanding the structure of the mask, you will know why the waterproof layer should face outward when wearing a mask. Most masks have different colours on the front and back, and the waterproof layer is usually the darker side. If the mask is worn improperly, the water-absorbing layer becomes outside, other people's fluid will stick to the mask, which will become a hotbed for dirt. When too much saliva is accumulated, it will destroy the filtering function of the mask. Therefore, mastering the correct way to wear masks can greatly reduce the risk of infections.

 

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Mask Recommendation and Discount 1: Watsons Mask and Hong Kong Mask

In the beginning of the outbreak, masks in Hong Kong and overseas were low in supply.As local production lines ramp up, mask ordering becomes more accessible. Watson's three-layer medical surgical mask is one of the most sought-after products. Watson's Watsmask has a filtering efficiency of ASTM Level 2 and ASTM Level 3. Now you can order Watsons masks* and other made-in-Hong Kong masks at health.ESDlife.

 

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Types of
Hong Kong Mask
WatsMask Adult 3-PlyHygienic Face Mask
ASTM Level 2(30pcs Individual Pack)x3 +
Level 3(30pcs Individual Pack)x3
LabPro 3 Ply
Disposable Face Mask
ASTM Level 2(30 pcs)
Procare HK Adults
ASTM Level 2 Three-layer
Protective Mask(50 pcs)
LiveMask Adult
Medical Masks 50 pcs
 
Standards
  • ASTM Level 3 certified
  • Individual Pack
  • BFE and PFE≧99%
  • Extra soft earloop
  • ASTM Level 3 certified
  • Individual Pack
  • BFE and PFE≧99%
  • Extra soft earloop
  • ASTM Level 2 certified
  • Individual Pack
  • BFE and PFE≧98%
  • ASTM F2100-19 Level 2 certified
  • Q-Mark certification
  • BFE, PFE, VFE ≧99%
  • EU second level standard EN14683 Type II*
  • BFE≧98%
  • Adopted by the Hong Kong Nurses Association
Size 17.5cm x 9.5cm 17.5cm x 9.5cm 17.5cm x 9.5cm 17.5cm x 9.5cm
Price HK$465(23% off)
(Original price:  HK$599.4)
3 boxes of Level 2: (HK$65 per box)
3 boxes of Level 3: (HK$90 per box)
HK$60 (38% off)/
30 pcs in 1 box

Limit to one box per person
(Original price: HK$96)
HK$150/50 pcs in 1 box HK$179/50 pcs in 1 box
(25% off)

(Original price:HK$239)
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Kindly note that Watson's masks (WatsMask) will be launched on September 14. You can order now and have the masks delivered straight to your home. Healthy.esdlife also provides a number of Hong Kong masks discounts, you can stock up mask supply at a lower price in case of emergency:

 

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Type Discount Buy Now
[Limited Promotion]
LabPro 3 Ply Disposable
Face Mask ASTM Level 2(30 pcs)

HK$60(38%off)/30 pcs in 1 box
(Original price: HK$96)
*Limit to one box per person*

[4 boxes discount]
LabPro 3 Ply Disposable
Face Mask ASTM Level 2(30 pcs)

HK$299(22%off)/120 pcs in 4 boxes
(Original price: HK$384)
HK$74.8/per box, free delivery

[4 boxes discount]
LabPro 3 Ply Disposable
Face Mask ASTM Level 1(50 pcs)
HK$550(5%off)/ 200 pcs in 4 boxes
(Original price:HK$580)
HK$137.5/per box, free delivery

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Mask Recommendation and Discount 2: South Korean KF94 Mask

The supply of South Korean KF94 mask was falling low when the epidemic first began, many suppliers jacked up the price to almost $30 for one mask. Health.ESDlife has introduced a variety of Korean-made masks, and the lowest price is only $10 each.

 

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Types of
KF94 Mask
O2 Wear Korea KF94
Three-dimensional 4-layer
Face Mask(Adult/Kid 50pcs)
Brand-K Korea KF94 Adult
Face Mask(20pcs/ 50pcs)
Breath Silver Quintet Regular
Adult 99% 5-layer antibacterial
mask(2pcs x30 packs)
Breath Silver Mask Fit Kids 99%
Antibacterial (3pcs x 30 packs)
 
Standards
  • KFDA safety certification
  • Effectively filter out 94% of 0.4 ㎛ fine suspended particles in the air
  • Four layers of protection
  • Three-dimensional, comfortable
  • Effectively filter out 94% of 0.4㎛ fine suspended particles in the air
  • Three-dimensional, comfortable
  • Individual pack
  • 5-layer high-performance filter
  • Equipped with US EPA-registered SSNC particles, it can reach 99.9% antibacterial rate and deodorizing effect
  • The BREAXELL (nano fiber) filter membrane has small and numerous pores, high air permeability
  • 4-layer high-performance filter
  • The electrostatic nanofiber filter element [BREAXELL] blocks more than 99% of the fine particles above PM0.1 and virus droplets
  • Efficiency is similar to 99% VFE/PFE/BFE or ASTM Level 3 or slightly higher than KF94 standards
Size

Adult: approximately
21 x 7.8cm (folded)


4-13 years old kid:
approximately 18 x 7cm (folded)
Before opening: 11cm x 14cm
 After opening: 22cm x 14cm
14.5cm x 10.9cm 11.2cm x 6.9cm 
Price

HK$425 (30% off)
(50 pcs in 1 box -
HK$8.5/per one)

(Original price: HK$600)

HK$260/20 pcs(13% off)
*HK$13/per one

(Original price:HK$300)


HK$530/50 pcs(29%off)
*HK$10.6/per one
(Original price:HK$750)

HK$1,198(47% off)/
60 pcs in 1 box

(Original price: HK$2,250)

HK$998(63% off)
(Original price: HK$2,728)

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Mask Recommendation and Discount 3: Taiwanese Mask and Other Masks

As Taiwanese mask supply resumed, Hong Kong people could finally purchase Taiwanese masks. Taiwan medical mask is recognized by the Taiwan Medical Inspection Brand and have passed professional inspection reports. They are comfortable to wear and effective in preventing bacteria. Taiwan's 3D masks are not only good at preventing bacteria, its design fit snugly on the face without steel wire, which is very comfortable to wear.

 

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Types of Taiwanese Mask Taiwan 3D Three-imensional
Protective Mask(30pcs/100pcs)
Taiwan BrealaxLab Medical
Face Masjs – 2 boxes (100 pcs in total)
Gill Face Adult Mask(FDA
approved)(Adult)(Black 1pc)
 
Standard
  • Passed Taiwan Textile TTRI laboratory inspection
  • BFE>98%, PFE>90%, VFE>99%
  • Unique design, it won’t hurt your ears for a long time
  • Block up to 99.9% of 3.1 micron (㎛) particles in diameter
  • Passed Taiwan Department of Testing and Certification (CNS 14775), close to N95 mask standard
  • Individual pack
  • Medical device certification, FDA standard
  • Can be washed and reused
  • Suitable for various filters and face types
  • Designed and developed in Singapore
Size

L:11-13cm(Adult)
M:9-11cm(Ladies/Teens)
S:7-8cm(kids)

17.8cm x 9.8cm

130mm(H) x
118mm(W) x 78mm(D)

Price

HK$100/30 pcs
HK$300/100 pcs

HK$299/ 100 pcs in 2 boxes (25%off)
(Original price: HK$399)

HK$178/1 Black

Buy Now

 

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COVID-19 Test: Take Deep Throat Saliva Test Without the Hassle to Line-up

COVID-19 testing services in public hospitals were overwhelmed. Thus, testing services have been extended to some medical examination centres, private clinics and hospitals. Universal Community testing started on September 1, if you are over 18 years old and suspect that you have symptoms of COVID-19, or even urgently need a health certificate to cross the border, it is a good choice to make an appointment for a deep throat saliva test.

 

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  COVID-19 RT-PCR
Test(Express
Same Day Report)
COVID-19 RT-PCR Test
and Doctor Video
Consultation Service
COVID-19 RT-PCR Test
Precious Blood Hospital
 
Clinic Quality HealthCare Physical Centres

Precious Blood Hospital (Caritas)

Target for
  • Age 18 or above
  • Asymptomatic individuals
  • Including employees of the service and catering industries
  • Medical staff or their family members, etc.
  • Suspected of being infected
  • Service industry and catering industry employees
  • Medical staff or their family members, etc.
  • Newly arrived foreign worker
Testing Time

Same day testing and results. Must return the sample to the designated clinic before 9:30 am on the day of collection. Electronic test result report will send via email before 7pm on the same day

After submitting the sample, it will take 2-3 working days to obtain the electronic report

The electronic report will be available 1-2 working days after submitting the sample

Features

Express report on the same day, 24-hour test results for cross-border use

Doctors perform virtual consultation, customers do not need to go to the clinic in person

Can pick up/authorize someone to pick up the collection bottle and return the sample

Cost

HK$1,780

HK$1,250

HK$1,200

Book Now

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Supplements that Enhance Immune System and Prevent COVID-19

COVID-19 has not ceased, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung predicted that the epidemic will worsen again in autumn and winter. Hong Kong people do not only have to purchase masks and make appointments for COVID-19 testing, but also keep ourselves health by strengthening our immunity. Green tea, onion, turmeric powder and echinacea can help boost immunity. If you want to boost your body’s immunity, you might consider the following health products.

 

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  Qivaro Organic Turmeric 700
Pro Health (90 Tablets)
Qivaro Immune Complex Pro Health (60 caps) CATALO Natural
Quercetin & Green Tea
Extract 60 Capsules
Adrien Gagnon
Echinacea 1000
 
Main Ingredients Organic Turmeric Tumeric Rhizome Powder, Beta-glucans powder, cat's claw bard powder,
Ginseng, lycopene, quercetin, etc.
Natural concentrated onion (Quercetin) extract, Natural Green Tea Extract Echinacea (E.purpurea) (150 mg),
Echinacea (E. angustifolia) (20 mg)
Product Features
  • Turmeric powder can inhibit inflammation factors and has an anti-inflammatory effect. At the same time, it can stimulate the body to secrete proteins that help strengthen the immune system and enhance the ability to eliminate bacteria and viruses
  • Lycopene has strong antioxidant power, it lowers serum cholesterol, at the same time enhances immunity and inhibits cancer
  • Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant, it activates the immune system, inhibits the release of histamine and reduces the appearance of allergies
  • Onionin is a powerful anti-oxidant, it improves cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health
  • Immunology Dr. Ku Siu Pui pointed out that both green tea and onionin can prevent the replication of coronavirus
  • High-efficiency echinacea extract helps to make the throat feel comfortable and smooth
  • Reduce the frequency and duration of colds
  • Reduce the risk of recurrent respiratory infections
Price health.ESDlife:HK$360
(Original price:HK$480)
health.ESDlife:HK$435
(Original price:HK$580)

health.ESDlife:HK$250
(Original price:HK$368)
health.ESDlife:HK$109.9
(Original price:HK$155.9)
Buy Now Out of Stock

 

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