Are AFTCO fishing masks medical grade or approved PPE equipment?
No. It is not a considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), or a particulate filtering N95 medical mask. This fishing mask is not approved by the FDA, NOISH or any other government or regulatory standard.
This primary use is a fishing sun mask. Our recommendation for using it to help slow the spread of COVID-19 is based entirely on our interpretation of the CDC's most recent guidelines. We have done no testing or any other studies on the actual effectiveness of this mask in response to COVID-19.
What else can I do to limit exposure to COVID-19?
Wear mask properly. Make sure any mask that you wear is covering both your nose and mouth. A common mistake is only covering your mouth, but you need cover both your nose and mouth to prevent exposure.
If using a fishing face mask, you might want to consider doubling up the mask material when wearing. Experts are recommending that by doubling fabric on any face covering you can increase your protection significantly in both synthetic materials and cotton.
When wearing the mask on your face, do not fiddle with the mask when out in the public.
No matter what kind of cloth mask you use, when you get home, it needs to be considered contaminated and removed for laundering. After contacting the mask, please make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.