Air pollutants are emitted by a number of sources, human activity as well as natural. These include dust, chemicals, fine particulate matter (PM) and secondary pollutants such as ammonia, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, ground-level ozone and acid rain. While gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide can have harmful effects; as per a study, the most negative health impact is that of fine particles - those under 2.5 microns in size. But the relief is that these can be captured by various Anti Pollution Masks available. PM1 and PM2.5 are associated with a number of acute and chronic illnesses of the respiratory, cardiovascular and immune systems.
Research has shown that exposure to air pollution can have negative impacts on the lungs, heart and potentially the brain as well. 3 million deaths worldwide each year are attributed to outdoor air pollution.
To combat this problem of air pollution and to increase environmental awareness among the residents, the government has initiated various programs and projects and have been motivating people to “go green” for decades. However, since it takes time to implement policies that are intended to improve air quality, a growing number of pedestrians and bicyclists are choosing to wear masks or other devices that happen to reduce the risks. Options range from simple paper and cloth masks to specialized Nasal Filters (Anti Pollution Masks) that prevent exposure to even the worst air pollution.
So are Anti Pollution Masks effective in reducing or preventing air pollution exposure?
Yes, Anti Pollution Masks are effective in its ability to limit air pollution exposure provided the fitment of an anti pollution mask is looked at with deep concern. Masks are only effective once they fit tightly on the face leaving no gaps at the sides from where particulate matter or airborne threats may penetrate through your mask. Remember these pollutants are 50 times thinner than your hair! Hence, masks that do not provide a good seal around the face lose their purpose.
Men with beards are always unable to achieve an adequately tight fit around the nose and mouth. Similarly, women also are mostly apprehensive of wearing a facemask. Whether it is a professional corporate meeting to attend or a wedding function, make-up is a key essential for all women and wearing a facemask only increases the risk of smudging it all, which is the last thing they want. Masks also prove to be a major problem while talking on the phone since the voice gets distorted completely.
It is also important to know that most surgical masks sold at many medical stores - even those that include carbon filters - do not work for PM10 and PM2.5. Masks can also be infected with pathogens if not cleaned and aired properly.
Ventilation is equally important, especially while using the mask during exercise. A good anti-pollution device will not allow moisture and fogging near the nose-bridge and eyes, which is mostly unachievable with the usage of a mask. Only pollution masks with an exhale valve might increase breathability. The problem with those is that they cost a fortune.
Keeping the above pointers in mind, the best anti pollution mask would be a nasal filter which is a newer and a more beneficial option available today to keep the polluted air at bay.
Clenare Nasal Filters work as an invisible Anti Pollution Mask which filter the air one inhales, preventing certain impurities from entering our respiratory systems and ensuring that the pollutants get caught in the filter. It supplies clean air and prevents exposure to even the worst air pollution, like that found in dangerous work settings. It is also very useful in a heavily polluted area.
Our Filters have been tested by Nelson Labs USA and have Virus Filtration Efficiency of about 50%.
Viruses, though very small in size, usually travel in particles or droplets in the air. Our device has protection against PM10, PM2.5, PM0.3 and PM0.1. Hence it will provide a sufficient barrier against particles of such size and smaller. It can offer good protection from Coronavirus and other pathogens that travel through particles floating in the air. Bacterial Filtration Efficacy is up to 90%.
By choosing to wear a Clenare Nasal Filter (Anti Pollution Mask), you will not only be protected from pollution but it will also keep dust and pollen allergies away.