Have many of my readers tried the new pollution masks for your kids? I’d love to hear your stories! The big news over the last couple months was the new collection from Vogmask, which has (as far as I know) the first official fit test results, in a real world setting on a child’s face, showing much better than 95% filtration against PM2.5 (even smaller, actually, as the test looks for PM0.3). You can view the test result below or on their site.
Totobobo also claims a smaller size mask, and also the ability to custom-cut down to size. That’s a great option, but as I like hard data I would have to say that Vogmask goes to top of my list for kids, due again to their independent test results on a child’s smaller faces. I believe the results are from an 8-year old, which isn’t a 2-year old — but their younger test subjects couldn’t sit still long enough during the test! And again, it’s better data than anyone else on the market.
Another good thing about Vogmask is that they look “normal”, like a winter facemask which most people wear already. Plus, they come in fun colors, and also different sizes. Some also have an exhalation valve, which I always like on masks to help prevent fogging. My nine-month old son is wearing the baby size in the photo here, which he doesn’t seem to mind too much, especially as daddy has the same fun pattern.
You can buy Vogmask right here at our hospital’s gift shop, or also from the Vogmask Taobao website as well as some local stores, such as Torana Air in Beijing. Always call ahead as they may be out of stock. If you want more information on masks, you can read a few key earlier articles (here, here and here) as well as wander around my air pollution archives.
How about you? Are you having luck getting your kids to wear any of these?
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