Coronavirus + Turtle Fur Facemasks
With COVID-19 cases on the rise yet again, we’re seeing face mask mandates getting reinstated throughout the country. Face masks are also still required while traveling (trains, busses, planes and airports, subways and stations, etc.).
The CDC has recently updated their mask standards to include double-layer face coverings, such as bandanas, tubes, gaiters, and buffs. Specifically, the CDC states “wear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layers.” We have a collection of double-layer gaiters for your convenience, and our Totally Tubulars™ can easily be folded for double-layer or triple-layer coverage.
Please note that these products do not guarantee prevention from transmission or infection of disease. These products are not considered PPE, and are not intended to be used in any surgical, industrial, or high-risk situations where significant exposure to liquid, bodily, or other hazardous fluids may be possible. For questions relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and information on CDC recommended best practices, please visit the CDC's website or talk to your healthcare provider.
One of our employees was reached out to this week by a friend, asking if they could wear their Totally Tubular™ as a facemask alternative out in public to protect them from Coronavirus. We have since been asked this multiple times by other customers and friends, so we wanted to take a moment to address this.
According to the CDC, if you are sick and either sharing a room or a vehicle with another person, you should wear a facemask. If you are caring for someone at home (and that person cannot wear a facemask), then you, as their caregiver, should wear a facemask. Please note that CDC approved facemasks may be in short supply, and should be saved for caregivers.
In addition, for healthcare personnel (HCP), the CDC states, "In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE [personal protective equipment], since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face."
While our tubes do cover the entire front of the face (nose, mouth, chin, and neck), it is in no way scientifically proven to prevent you from contracting the virus, or passing it to someone else. If you have questions about the fabric or design of our tubes, please let us know. For questions relating to Coronavirus and CDC approved facemasks, please visit the CDC's website or talk to your healthcare provider.
We urge everyone to follow the government guidelines of home-isolation when necessary, as well as social distancing. For more tips on how to protect yourself and those around you, please visit the CDC's website.
We're taking the necessary precautions at our HQ to address Coronavirus and protect our employees and customers. We remain open, with most employees working from home. Those still going in to the office are practicing social distancing. We are continuing to monitor the situation on a day-by-day basis, and will do what is best for our employees and customers.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
- Your friends at Turtle Fur