Over the past number of weeks we have received numerous enquires about our custom printed neck buffs.
Last week it was announced that we should all be wearing masks or other cloth face coverings in crowded public places to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Ireland.
But what constitutes a proper face covering? With N95 face masks and other disposable masks in short supply, A lot of our customers are wondering if our neck tubes would suffice instead?
In a nutshell, a neck buff is better than not wearing a mask at all. But it will not offer the same protection as higher-grade N95 respirators.
The primary role of wearing a covering is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Neck gaiters are not a substitute for physical distancing and washing hands and staying home when ill.
Our custom neck warmers are made for 100% polyester. This is a thin material which allows for improved breathability while exercising, which means a decreased ability to contain droplets. Layering the fabric can help improve containment. The polyester material means that the neck tubes are very stretchy and therefore extremely comfortable to wear. If you do choose to wear a neck tube in place of a mask please ensure that they are washed before reuse.
Consider reading World Health Organisations – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks