Sentir-se cansado com a poluição: Obter uma máscara!


Existem muitos tipos de máscaras para proteção contra poluição do ar ( Totobobo , Respro , Vogmask , 3M N95 ...) disponíveis no mercado. Nós estamos em nenhuma maneira afiliado a nenhum dos produtores de máscara, mas aqui estão alguns dos nossos favoritos que poderíamos recomendar:

3M™ N95 Respirators

The most common and affordable mask are known that the 3M N95 masks (picture above is for the 3M 9501 model). Despite beeing very affordable (5 to 6 RMB a piece), the 3M N95 are always among the top performing masks for Particulate Matter (i.e. PM2.5 Air Pollution). One of the great advantage for the 9501 model is to be foldable, so that you can always take one with you without it taking much space. And if you forgot to take One, you can also get this mask from any convinience store in China (like 7-Eleven).

The "N95" label stands for the mask ability to filter out at least 95% of airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns (for reference, PM2.5 particules are 2.5 microns). From all the test result, N95 is good enough for filtering most of the PM2.5 particules, but sensitive persons can consider using N99 version of those masks (N99 stands for filterig more the 99% of airborne particles). Note that a similar mask, with model number 9001 is also commonly available and corresponds to N90 filtration standard.

Note that to be really efficient, those masks should be used and worn properly to ensure a good "fit" with the face. You can refer to this page from Singapore goverment from a simple but good explanation on wearing N95 masks.


3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirators

For those with a bit more budget and still interrested in the 3M masks, the Aura™ 93xx series is a very good option. The cost is a bit higher (33 RMB for 1 piece for the premimum 9332 model, while it is 29 RMB for 5 pcs for the previous 9501).

Half of the models (93x2) come with an exhaust valve (branded as Cool Flow™), which offers improved comfort, especially for those having difficulty to breath comfortably while wearing the masks. There are also 3 levels of filtration performance (FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3). The N95 standard is almost similar to FFP2 and the N99 to FFP3 ( see wikipedia for the full explanation).



Totobobo™ Hightech Anti-Pollution Masks

Totobobo™ is a professional Singapore company manufacturing their own masks since 2003. There design and concept is really unique, making it very useful for those on the move.

There has been some recent studies showing that totobobo fit test does not perform as well as other brands: When wearing a mask (even the 3M N95), fit molding is an essential step to ensure that there are no unfiltered air flow. And this fit moudling is both the strength and weakness of totobo. On one side, totobo has a unique heat moudling solution - that no other mask have, but if this step is not done corretly, then the fit test won't be good. For more information, check totobobo's blog


Respro® Pollution Masks

The Respro® Masks have been on the market for many years, and are especially suitable in the "urban sports environment", i.e. when biking in the city and having to get through heavy traffic where cars are the source of pollution (especially those diesel cars...).

The mask come with two valves for an easier breathing, as well as with replacable filters. The filter life span is said to be 69 hours, so assuming that you bike 1 hour every day, that's 3 month use for one filter - not so bad.

The mask itself is made of Neoprene, which has the advantage of being resiliently stretchable, as well as beeing adaptable to varying facial features, thus ensuring a good sealing around the face - and therefore a good "fit".


Vogmask™ N99 CV (Carbon Layer / Exhaust Valve)

Last, but not the least, Vogmask™ is a trendy mask. From a filtration point of view, it uses microfiber filtration fabric to provide an N99 rating. Half of the models come with a valve, similar to the 3M Cool Flow, for improved comfort.


For more information about other masks and test result, you can refer to the Doctor Richard Saint Cyr's blog: my health beijing.

Greenpeace: PM2.5 is a measurement of small particulate matter in the air, and until recently its omission from official air quality readings has been a major hurdle in solving China

Sobre a medição da aualidade do ar e poluição

Sobre os níveis de qualidade do ar

- Valores do índice de qualidade do ar (IQA).Níveis de preocupação com a saúde
0 - 50 Boa 0-50: Boa - A qualidade do ar é considerada satisfatória, a poluição do ar representa pouco ou nenhum risco
51 -100 Moderado A Qualidade do ar é aceitável; no entanto, para alguns poluentes pode haver uma preocupação de saúde moderada para um número muito pequeno de pessoas que são especialmente sensíveis à poluição atmosférica.
101-150 Insalubre para grupos sensíveis Membros de grupos sensíveis podem experimentar efeitos na a saúde. O público em geral não é susceptível de ser afetado.
151-200 Insalubre 150-200: Insalubre - Todo mundo pode começar a sentir os efeitos na saúde; membros de grupos sensíveis podem apresentar efeitos mais sérios de saúde.
201-300 Muito Insalubre Advertências relativas à saúde das condições de emergência. Toda a população tende a ser afetada.
300+ Perigoso 300+: Perigoso - alerta de saúde: todos podem experimentar efeitos mais graves para a saúde

Para saber mais sobre Qualidade do Ar e Poluição, verifique o wikipedia Qualidade do Ar tópico ou o guia AIRNow a Qualidade do Ar e sua saúde.

Para conselhos úteis de saúde do dr. Richard Saint Cyr, de Pequim, confira o blog .

Usage Notice: All the Air Quality data are unvalidated at the time of publication, and due to quality assurance these data may be amended, without notice, at any time. The World Air Quality Index project has exercised all reasonable skill and care in compiling the contents of this information and under no circumstances will the World Air Quality Index project team or its agents be liable in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss, injury or damage arising directly or indirectly from the supply of this data.


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