A regular surgical mask will not help you steer clear of the Chinese coronavirus, also called 2019-nCoV.
According to The Wall Street Journal :
"If used properly, masks can at least help block some large droplets from sneezes and coughs. They can also prevent wearers from touching their noses and mouths if they are careful. But paper or polyurethane foam masks, also known as surgical masks, don’t filter out smaller particles. Reusable respirator masks, also called N95 masks, are considered by some to be best if they are fitted by a professional. In such cases they fit tightly, making it harder for particles to get through."
In general, Respirators are rated “N,” if they are Not resistant to oil, “R” if somewhat Resistant to oil, and “P” if strongly resistant (oil Proof).
You will need a face mask that is at least N95 or N99. The N rating – mask rated N95 or higher, means is that the respirator is rated to block 95% of airborne particles as small as (0.3 micron). It filters 95% of particulate matter including dust, smoke or viruses down to 0.3 micron in size. This can protect against the new coronavirus.
It is important to wear a protective mask properly. Fit these respirators around the nose, cheeks, and chin, ensuring that you don't breathe around the edges of the respirator.
CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
touching eyes, nose and mouth
maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
Simple disinfectants can kill the virus making it no longer possible to infect people.
Before putting on a mask, wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask
Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks
To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
use a particulate respirator at least as protective as a US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-certified N95, European Union (EU) standard FFP2, or equivalent.
Vogmask Organic Protective Mask
If you are looking for organic and sustainable smog masks, air pollution maks, dust masks, respirator masks, you found the most eco-friendly around.
After trying many brands, many have a strong chemical smell, others were not comfortable, I choose finally Vogmask because they are:
organic made with certified organic cotton,
comfortable and stylish.
Made to protect you during traveling in polluted countries such as China and India, in the workplace, smog in the cities, allergies, poor air quality, wildfire, very common in California, on a bike, hikes and exercise outdoors.
Vogmasks are available in two CE Certified Product Families: Microfiber N99CV and N99 Organics.
N99 and N99C2V Organic Vogmasks are solid color dyed outer layer organic cotton, N99 particle filtering media, carbon filter, and (N99C2V) two exhalation valves for facilitating the exit of moisture and CO2 from the interior of the mask.
Made of: Outer face blank (Microfiber or organic cotton), Exhalation valve (s), Coconut shell carbon bonded to textile, N99 efficiency particle filtering nanofiber, Inner face blank (microfiber or organic cotton), Aluminum nosepiece, Sew-in identifier tag, Latex-free spandex trim and the ear loop.
Cambridge Non-toxic Protective N99 Mask Military Filtration
While I tried many masks out there, many of them have a toxic smell and are not safe to use.
This model has no smell, It is washable and has adjustable Straps.
It provides nearly 100% protection from particulate pollution
100% of particulate pollution, gases, as well as bacteria and viruses
Cambridge Mask’s™ inner filtration layer is made from a 100% pure activated carbon cloth, which was originally invented by the UK Ministry of Defence. It was extensively developed and has been made into products for use in chemical, biological and nuclear warfare protection.
It protects against gas-based pollution, such as smells, benzene, and formaldehyde, particle pollution such as PM2.5, pollen or smoke and pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. Ideal for cyclists, people in at-risk groups for respiratory disease or anyone living in urban environments with high air pollution levels such as China or India.
rusted lab-tested British Military Filtration Technology filters almost 100% of pollution, gases, and bacteria and viruses.
Ideal for people at risk of respiratory diseases, living in or traveling to areas with high air pollution/smoke levels
Protection against harmful gases, odors, all PM; PM2.5, PM0.3, pollen, smoke, allergens, and pathogens
Perfect for travel, especially to China or India.
• 99.6% average filtration of viruses
• 99.77% average filtration of bacteria
• 99.7% average particulate filtration down to 0.3 microns
Coronavirus: according to their website, If you are traveling to China or wish to have additional protection then a Cambridge Mask will help to reduce your risk of exposure. In tests by Nelson Labs USA, Cambridge Mask was shown to remove an average 99.6% of viruses. The activated carbon cloth layer in the PRO mask range was developed by the British armed forces for use in chemical, nuclear and biological warfare protection. We have the global exclusive rights to use it in a civilian mask.
The Urban Air Mask 2.0 introduces a whole new level of protection, breathability, and design. By combining cutting-edge filter technology with timeless Scandinavian design, the Urban Air Mask 2.0 offers an outstanding performance and comfort to combat harmful particles in the air. Reusable, washable and available in 4 sizes.
The Urban Air Mask 2.0 is tested in world-class Swedish laboratory (RISE) with equivalent results of the American N95 or European FFP2 performance (Test: GB2626 & Certification: KN95). The mask filters the following particles in the air you breathe:
• PM 0.3-10, dust and other air pollutants
• Pollen and other allergens
• Bacteria and other germs
• Wildfire smoke & cigarettes
• UPF 50+ UV protection