Here are two things I know: Children’s faces are smaller than adult faces and the FDA has yet to register a child-sized surgical mask. That’s a pretty big problem since we also now know cloth masks don't protect us against COVID-19.
How do I know this? Well, I’m the father of five children and I launched a surgical mask factory back in May. Like most parents, I believe my kids deserve the best protection money can buy. So trust me when I tell you that I have been asked about the availability of child-size masks hundreds of times only to break the bad news that they currently don’t exist.
The reason is surprisingly simple: NIOSH (CDC), OSHA, and the FDA have never needed to approve child-sized masks before. Aside from Doogie Howser, M.D. in the 80s, there were not a lot of kid surgeons needing these types of masks before the pandemic struck. But things have changed, and even the CDC has recommended that children over the age of 2 wear a mask. That’s more than a little frustrating, since their recommendation didn’t come with any medical options for parents to provide real protection for their children.
So, I need your help. I need you to fill out this petition to let the government know that parents want medical protection for their kids. As more students across the country return to class rooms for the new school year, we should be doing everything in our power to keep them safe.
Armbrust Can Make Child-Size Masks. It’s What We Do.
If you’re reading this message, you know that Armbrust American can make the smaller-size masks: it’s what we do. We’ve even come with several prototypes that will allow us to sell these masks almost as soon as the government approves them as safe for use.
Sure, we could cut corners. We could sell our child-size masks as “non-medical,” with a *wink* and *nudge* letting you know that they share the same level of protection as our surgical masks. But at Armbrust, we believe in the approval process. FDA registration is what separates quality American-made products from the majority of PPE manufactured overseas. (Sorry to break it to you, but those face masks you saw on Amazon are just expensive doctor cosplay props.)
We trust the process, but I need your help to move that process forward. So please, sign the petition and help me share this message with the country. Every one of our children deserve nothing less than the same medical protection as our doctors and nurses on the front lines.