29-May-2020 (Fri) Wherein we've got face masks

Ride out the pandemic with DNA Lounge on your face! Elastic polyester face masks with adjustable ear straps, and including a disposable 3-layer filtration mask pad. $15 each.

If these sell well, we will probably do some different designs in the future, so if you know of a good vendor who can do custom mask printing, let me know. It was surprisingly hard to find one that actually specified the printable area and wasn't all "call for quote".

Relatedly, the DNA Lounge store now has a "hold for pick-up" option at checkout, so you can avoid the shipping fees by picking up your merch in person at DNA Pizza.

4 Responses:

  1. Jim says:

    Is the three layer filter insert compatible with sodium chloride saturation?

    NaCl-Activated Cloth Mask for personal pathogenic protection

    Soak an ordinary non-woven cloth mask filter (e.g. HEPA vacuum filter) in a saturated table salt solution, dry it at 95°C, include a wire to seal the top against the nose bridge sides, and in so doing gain additional protection against coronavirus infection and transmission, according to this how-to video and references:

    Peer reviewed: Quan, et al. (2017) “Universal and reusable virus deactivation system for respiratory protection” Scientific Reports 7(39956) — citing articles are generally confirmatory, e.g., "salt recrystallization was found to physically destroy viruses on surgical mask filters within a few minutes in a strain-independent manner" (Rubino and Choi 2017) and, "salt-coated filters are effective in deactivating virus bioaerosols" (Jeong et al. 2019);

    Popular treatment: Secon, H. (Feb. 8, 2020) “A biomedical engineer created a mask coated in salt that he says could neutralize viruses like the coronavirus in 5 minutesBusiness Insider.

    • Jim says:

      Sorry, fixed BI link.

      I love the idea of a three layer filter insert because it's probably a good idea to only have the one or two layers away from the face saturated with salt.

  2. Andrew says:

    Just got my masks! They're awesome. Thanks!

  3. Jim says:

    PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong, in reply to this, but doesn't this story imply that you are allowed to open? When will you have masks with sealable straw holes for sipping?

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