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It's been a year since Canada initiated lockdown due to COVID-19. And while most of us have already amassed a substantial mask collection, it may be time to upgrade.
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam is encouraging all Canadians to wear at least one 3-ply non-medical mask that contains a filter when in public settings - ruling many fabric masks ineffective.
The 3-ply disposable face masks by Viva Naturals are an easy and effective way to keep yourself safe and show off some personality. The top-rated non-medical masks are sold in a pack of 50 on Amazon and currently on sale for 17 per cent off.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $21 (originally $30)
What are they?
Viva Natural's printed 3-Ply Non-Medical Face Mask feature three layers of non-woven polyester and melt-blown polypropylene to help keep you and everyone around you, safe from potentially harmful particles.
The outer and innermost layer of the masks are made from non-woven polyester while the second layer is made from non-woven melt-blown polypropylene, which studies have shown provides high particle filtration while remaining comfortable and breathable.
To add some personality to your mask routine, Viva Naturals offers a fun pineapple print as well as other colourful prints for adults and children, including donuts, crowns and blue camo.
Viva Naturals has added a flexible nose strap for a more secure and effective fit as well as upgraded adjustable ear loops for all-day comfort.
Each box of 50 masks contains five packs of 10 disposable masks - so you can keep a pack in your car or in your purse for easy use.
What people are saying
Customer reviews play an important part when it comes to shopping on Amazon, which is why it's helpful to note that aside from being the number one best-seller in Gloves and Masks, Viva Naturals feature more than 11,000 customer ratings and reviews.
Amazon shoppers have called these disposable masks an easy and convenient option as opposed to reusable masks - which don't always remain clean.
"I bought this for my parents who are visiting the hospital weekly for medical appointments. When they arrive, the hospital gives them a different one to use, versus their own, so it is better to use a disposable mask instead of a reusable one going to the hospital," one shopper wrote. "We bought a different colour and style for ourselves, and my husband said the material is very soft and stretchy, more comfortable on the face than other kinds of masks we've tried."
Even though some people prefer reusable masks for being environmentally friendly, others admit having disposables on hand is perfect for situations where people forget to keep a clean mask on their person.
"They look pretty good for a disposable," another shopper wrote. "They fit well enough without too much tugging on the ears. Would prefer washables and reusables to be a little more eco-friendly, but this is the better option when it comes to health protection, in both directions. Also don't have to worry if the kids forget them anyway (as they often do). I will buy these again."
Social distancing and avoiding any unnecessary public interaction is key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. But in certain situations where you have to leave the house, a 3-ply mask is essential for keeping you and others around you safe.
This cost effective pack of 50 masks is on sale for just $25, making now the perfect time to stock up.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.