How It Works
Face masks are critical in mitigating the risk of infection from exposure to pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. Commercially available masks are made of a non-woven polypropylene mesh and additionally may be certified by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ATSM) to filter various sized microscopic particles as well as withstand certain droplets and direct soiling of the mask. Another characteristic of mask properties is the mask’s ability to create a seal on the face so that inhaled and exhaled air is maximally filtered through the mask material rather than around it. This property is important in protecting individuals from pathogens which can become suspended in the air as small microscopic particles, a process known as aerosolization. Influenza (the flu), Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (TB), Measles, and Varicella (chickenpox) are a few commonly known pathogens which can become airborne. SARS-CoV-2 has also demonstrated the potential to become airborne. Masks that create a seal for their user (such as N95 respirators) are more difficult to make and also to obtain than a standard mask. Medical-grade face masks with ATSM certification are made with materials which can filter similar size particles as N95 respirators, however the absence of a seal results in a portion of the inhaled and exhaled air to go around the mask rather than through it.
The Masket is a device that is worn over a standard face mask to maximize the amount of breathed air filtered through the face mask material. This is achieved by closing the gaps around the edges of a standard mask and optimizing a seal to the user’s face. The Masket is reusable and made of a material which withstands cleaning.
The goal of The MasketTM is to augment the use of more easily obtainable face masks by offering an improved seal, better fit and thus improved respiration through the mask material itself.
The Masket does not claim to replace the use of N95 respirators or similar personal protective equipment. Furthermore, we do not claim that the Masket treats or prevents specific medical conditions or diseases. We do claim that you can see the results for yourself. Take a look at our demonstration to see a better fit, better seal with the Masket!