The respirator is an effective tool that protects us from infectious diseases and thus from COVID-19 infection. However, several classes and types of respirators are available on our market. How to recognize a quality respirator among them that will really protect us?

These are the most important parameters to keep in mind:

  1. Know the purpose of the respirator
    It is important to know what the respirator should be used for, ie what it should specifically protect us from, and then adjust your choice accordingly. If you want to protect your health from COVID-19 infection, choose only from protection classes FFP3 and some FFP2. If you work in a dusty environment and want to protect your airways, it is often enough to choose an FFP1 class respirator. (More information on each class of respirator can be found at the end of the article.)
  2. Intact product packaging
    Before using the respirator, always check that the packaging is intact and that the respirator does not show signs of damage.
  3. Quality filter and material
    A protective filter is an important part of a respirator, and you can verify its existence or quality, for example, by cutting an already used respirator and checking the filter.
  4. The respirator covers the mouth and nose
    The protective device must be sufficiently wide and fit snugly to the face, especially in the area around the nose, which can be achieved by properly shaping the nose clip.
  5. Certificate
    The respirator is provided with a CE certificate, which confirms the class and quality of its protection. Therefore, do not buy a product without certification or Test report, where the illustrative photos often differ from the actual product, the safety of which cannot be confirmed due to missing documentation.

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FFP1 respirator
These respirators protect against larger dust particles and aerosols, so they are used, for example, in construction, but they will not protect us from COVID-19!
Class FFP1 respirators must trap at least 80% of the airborne particles.

FFP2 respirator
They protect against finer dust particles and aerosols, and if these respirators can filter 0.11 µm particles (COVID-19 coronavirus particle size), they provide effective protection against the virus.
Class FFP2 respirators must capture at least 94% of the airborne particles.
The FFP2 class protective respirator from the Czech manufacturer Good mask provides just such effective protection against coronaviruses. Thanks to the filter layers and effective sealing nasal reinforcement, it is able to protect its wearer 95% from the above-mentioned dangerous components.

FFP3 respirator
It serves as the most effective protection against bacteria, viruses (thus also against a new type of coronavirus), fungal spores and fine toxic particles. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of these respirators in our market.
Class FFP3 respirators must trap at least 99% of the airborne particles.