The Aero Armor Three Dimensional Protective Mask failed because the KN95 standard requires that the mask have the manufacturer’s name and the appropriate technical standard, typically either "GB 2626-2019" or GB-2626-2006,” written across the front of the mask. This is similar to how official N95 masks display NIOSH approval numbers. This mask did not have the required identification on its front.
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Why did this mask fail?
Video TranscriptWe're looking at the Aero Armor Three Dimensional Protective Mask. All right. Let's open this up. Aero Armor, that's good. Aero Armor. She's so happy to be wearing this mask. Look at that. And it says right down here, "Executive Standard GB 2626," that's 2006. Now the major difference is you don't have to put the manufacturer name, but you still need to put the executive standard. So this is not a KN95. All right. Let's get this in the clamper real quick.
My methodology. Like I said, I'm wearing a lab coat, but I don't deserve to. All right. This is a PFE machine. Again, don't need to say that. I'm getting in the normal skew of things. Really hard to breathe. Let's take a look at the mask itself. Thank you for sending two, by the way. Joseph, please send me a pack if you can. Construction seems pretty good. It's not a KN95. This smells like "what Timmy was smelling when he fell down the well," little musty. [inaudible 00:01:23]. Someone call Lassie, that's the trick here.
Yeah. Seen better. I don't think it'll break on your face though. 96.62% with 219.6 pascals. 96.62, 219.6 pascals. Not very breathable, does pass the KN95 standard, but not a KN95 because they're not meeting the marketing requirements. Interesting. Interestingly enough, I say interesting because you would have to be a major dork to be interested by this. But the 2006 standard does not require you to put the manufacturer name on it. That was added in the 2019 standard. And they are saying they're 2006, but why are they using such an old standard? That's weird.
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I happily used this exact brand when no other KN95-mask types were available. Wearing them consistently helped me avoid getting Covid. I felt secure in this brand because it was the only only at the time that collapsed slightly when I inhaled, which told me that the seal the mask made on my face was pretty good. I never noticed a significant odor when opening a new mask, but perhaps mine were produced pre-Covid.
Difficult for me to understand why the ink stamp of the face of the mask makes a difference between pass and fail instead of actual performance / functionality but alas, government standards rule seem to have the last word.
Thank you to the manufacturers of the KN95 masks that met the 2006 standard and kept me safe.