One bizarre way the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world is how it has created a world full of masked strangers. It's as if we've all been forced to attend the same grim costume party. Still, the need for COVID-19 blocking face masks is unavoidable, and companies like GIR are stepping up to fill the need with practical solutions.
While something like the fabric XMask is clearly geared toward a world where even life in business must go on, the GIR silicone masks are made for everyday home life and the needs of right now—safe grocery shopping, managing errands without picking up disease along the way.
GIR's choice to use pharmaceutical grade silicone allows the wearer to quickly and easily disinfect their mask as needed. From the manufacturer:
The silicone mask can be sterilized in an autoclave, dishwasher, or oven. If you don’t have the time or equipment for proper sterilization, you can clean it with household cleaning products like bleach or soap and hot water. The filters should be replaced as needed, but can be worn for a full day.
GIR's masks come in a wide variety of colorways and each kit contains five single-use filters with an option to buy more from the manufacturer as needed.
The company does give the following advisory: "These masks are not medical devices and are not a replacement for surgical or procedural masks."
Additional GIR face mask kit details:
- 1 reusable silicone face mask, 5 single-use filters
- Made from 100% platinum-cured, pharmaceutical-grade FDA/LFGB silicone
- BPA & BPS free
- Not an FDA-approved medical device
- Eco-friendly, recyclable packaging
Pricing begins at $15 USD. GIR notes that they are "aiming to ship customer orders in 1-2 weeks" and are working as quickly as possible "to manufacture, package, and deliver every single order."