FFP3 face masks can offer up to 100% protection from Covid19

A study carried out by Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has found that wearing an FFP3 face mask can considerably reduce the risk of healthcare working becoming infected with Covid19.

The study found that those working on a “red” ward, with Covid19 patients, were 47 times more likely to become infected, compared to those working in “green” wards, with non-Covid19 patients.

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust followed all the guidelines laid out by the government and NHS but continued to see high levels of staff infections. In January 2021 the trust made the decision to require all staff working in “red” wards to wear FFP3 face masks. The results found that infection rates among staff dropped to the same level as those staff working in non-Covid wards.

This significant drop in infection rates, while all other infection prevention protocols remained consistant, indicated that the drop in infection rates among staff was solely as a result in the change to FFP3 face masks.

Read full FFP3 study here.

What is an FFP3 face mask?

FFP3 face masks

FFP3 face masks are designed to offer the maximum level of filtration protection to the wearer.

In comparison to other face masks, the FFP3 face masks must form a tight seal around the nose and mouth for them to work effectively. FIT testing is required before an FFP3 face mask can be worn in a workplace. FIT testing ensures the wearer selects the right style face mask for them, ensuring the seal around the nose and mouth is tight every time.

We offer five variations of FFP3 face masks. Four with a valve and one non-valved. The valve allows the wearers breath to leave the mask, reducing moisture and heat build up inside the mask and making them more comfortable for longer-term use.

To discuss our range of FFP3 face masks, email enquiries@optimummedical.co.uk