Ok...I went and Googled nanomask and found a FAQ page that I wasn't too impressed with...here is the
and here are the two FAQs I didn't like...
How often should I replace the NanoFilter?
In a hotzone, where H5N1, SARS, influenza, or any other deadly pathogen is known to be active,
you should replace the NanoFilters every 10-20 minutes. Do not remove the NanoMask while in the
hotzone. Leave the area to a secure place, then replace the NanoFilter. Otherwise, replace the
Nanofilter every 24 hours. When you do, wash your hands, and disinfect the NanoMask.
Why isn't NanoMask NIOSH certified?
The answer comes from the vice-president of marketing for Emergency Filtration, Mr. Pete Clark:
"We had to validate our technology against bacterial and viral challenges and NIOSH was not able
to provide biological validation. They currently test against a challenge of sodium chloride which
is not able to measure the effectiveness of the nano-particle enhancement. We are developing the
nanoparticle technology in conjunction with the U.S. Military and sodium chloride testing was not
sufficient. We are registered with NIOSH and still intend to submit the mask for certification but
had to validate the technology first. In any case, we are not striving to achieve the N-95 standard
because we do not want to produce a 95% efficient product such as N-95. Our goal is to produce a mask
that is as close to 100% efficient as possible and believe enhanced filters are the way to achieve
The filters last 10 to 20 MINUTES?! That's not good in my house...I have 4 kids...this would cost me waaaaaaaaaay more than I could ever hope to
afford. Also...the answer as to why they aren't ok'd by NIOH I'm not sure about...anyone care to put this into a better light or is it as bad as it
[edit on 10/9/05 by maidenwolf]