Are masks next on the FDA alert list of COVID products?
We in Melbourne, AU, are currently in lockdown with a compulsory facemask order when outside. I don't mind wearing a mask - for the greater good - but the chemical smell concerns me.
Facemasks have been costing up to $249 a box, and even then we find ourselves inhaling fumes from plastic and polyester and even potentially harmful bleaches & dyes. A freshly unwrapped mask has that "fresh plastic" smell of the inside of a new car.
I don't really know what it is. It could be dioxin, formaldehyde, or forever chemicals such as PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances and manufactured chemicals used in products that resist heat, oil, stains and water - see CNN Report).
We've seen the scandal emerge with skin sanitisers, where the FDA keeps revising upwards its list of those which are being sold in large quantities yet are unsafe. There are now NINETY sanitisers on the FDA's list of "Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers".
The agency has posted a do-not-use list of dangerous hand sanitizer products, which is being updated regularly.
Will the same happen for masks?
I'm not waiting to find out. Here's how I treat mine.
Since the new lockdown, I have been running 5km a day with a mask - for the last ten days. While running, I need to breathe more deeply. The chemical smell isn't encouraging, so I "disinfect" my masks right out of the box.
Here's my process, it's not rocket science, but the result is satisfying:
Consider adding some lavender
Some studies show that tea tree oil can help treat certain viruses. Research is inconclusive, but it is a little bonus that comes with this treatment should you wish to wash after each use. Research also suggests that eucalyptus oil may have anti-inflammatory properties.
Tip: Consider adding lavender also, as it has natural anti-inflammatory characteristics. It may help reduce any inflammation of the airways.
Now your mask will relax, rather than irritate
When you put these masks on your sense will be delighted by the natural aroma of the oil, and not irritated by the processing chemicals which accompanied them in their packaging.
When next exercising and wearing your mask, you'll find that the aromas help you to breathe just a little better and to feel a little less constrained by the mask. I did.
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