FFP3 masks are 99% effective against airborne infectious diseases (Picture: Getty)
A number of European countries have implemented new recommendations and requirements on face masks, meaning fabric masks are no longer good enough.
While some people are reluctant to wear any face masks, the likes of Germany and France are now in favour of surgical masks or medical-grade respirators.
The German government have made medical masks mandatory in stores and on public transport, leaving many wondering whether the rule will be adopted in the UK.
But what are FFP3 face masks, and where can you buy them?
What are FFP3 face masks?
FFP3 face masks act like any other face mask covering but have added protection against the transmission of coronavirus.
Surgical masks are used by NHS staff as well as FFP3 face masks (Picture: Getty)
FFP3 face masks are used to provide protection from viruses, bacteria, and solid or liquid toxic aerosols.
These masks are commonly used by those working in the healthcare industry as personal protective equipment (PPE).
An FFP1 filter has a minimum filtration efficiency of 80%, an FFP2 is 94% effective and a FFP3 is 99% effective against airborne infectious diseases.
FFP3 masks are better shaped to your face for a more snug fit and typically have a valve to help breathe as the filtration material is much thicker.
Are FFP3 face masks reusable?
According to ChemistClick, FFP3 face masks should not be reused after wearing because ‘infectious particles are not visible to the naked eye and it is not possible to tell if your respirator is contaminated.’
You should look to purchase reusable face masks wear possible but if you decide to reuse your FFP3 face mask you should consider whether it has been contaminated or whether you have made close contact with anyone who may be infected.
Where can I buy a FFP3 face mask?
FFP3 masks won’t often be found in high-street shops but there are several places you can order them from online.
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