US News FFP2 masks at Stiftung Warentest: This is the only way the masks are effective

13:45  26 february  2021
13:45  26 february  2021 Source:   fitforfun.de

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FFP2 masks from different manufacturers performed rather mixedly in an investigation by Stiftung Warentest . While there were no complaints about the filter performance of the materials, the testers criticized the fit of the majority of the ten masks tested - and the comfort of breathing with three masks.

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FFP2 masks must comply with the EN 149: 2001 standard and have a CE mark and a four-digit number printed on them. The number indicates the test center.

For its investigation, the foundation first measured the comfort level when exhaling with the help of a kind of “artificial lung” and a sensor, as the test report says.

With three masks, the measured resistance was so great that breathing was difficult. They were therefore rated as “unsuitable” because older and weakened people in particular could experience problems as a result.

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7 out of 10 masks are only partially suitable

The seven masks that passed the breathing comfort test were then tested by Stiftung Warentest in a “test chamber with watery, harmless aerosols”. According to the testers, the test subjects had different face shapes and had to perform various everyday movements in the chamber.

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This is how the fit of the mask and thus the so-called total leakage should be tested - i.e. how many tiny particles flow through the material of the mask and also through possible gaps between the mask and the wearer's face.

Only one mask is convincing in all categories

According to the professional association for health and welfare services, the corresponding DIN EN 149 standard for FFP2 masks stipulates that on average eight out of ten wearers do not miss the mask or be allowed to flow through. Only one mask complied with this requirement in the investigation by Stiftung Warentest - it was the only one that was rated as fully suitable.

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FFP2 mask: You should pay attention to this Mask breaks

Because breathing is generally more difficult with well-fitting FFP2 masks compared to surgical masks, the advice is to take regular mask breaks anyway. The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) recommends wearing a maximum of 75 minutes - then you should take a half-hour break from your mask.

Some experts, such as the hygienist Peter Walger, find the use of FFP2 masks by the elderly and the weak, who already find it difficult to breathe, generally questionable.

size and fit

If you want to wear an FFP2 mask to protect yourself and others from possible infection with the coronavirus, you should make sure that it fits correctly - and if in doubt, try another model with a different fit.

Because even a small leak through which the breathing air flows can enormously reduce the filter performance of the FFP2 mask. The mask fits well when the fabric pulls toward your mouth when you inhale and puffs up when you exhale.

Incorrect use of the FFP2 mask takes the protective function

The Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine also sees the possible incorrect use of FFP masks by the wearer as a problem: it generally welcomes the recommendation that the population wear these masks. However, one sees the problem that incorrect handling and poor fit do not provide sufficient protection.

"Therefore, the population needs to be educated more about how to wear the masks", concluded the specialist society in a statement at the end of January 2021.

This article was first published by colleagues from CHIP.de

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