Can a Spray Paint mask protect against coronavirus?
I use a 3M mask with organic vapor cartridges to protect myself from paint and solvents when I use regular spray paints. Can that mask work for coronavirus? If so, how effective is it?
Well, for starters, when you try to buy a mask, you will find that they are mostly sold out. Some websites have a little notice saying that these masks are out of stock due to Coronavirus. So clearly people are using them for virus protection.
Here is what one website says about the specs of the mask and 3M 60921 filters with regards to viruses:
These cartridge/filters can help reduce inhalation exposures to certain airborne biological particles (e.g., mold, Bacillus anthracis, Avian Influenza Viruses, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, etc.) but cannot eliminate the risk of contracting infection, illness, or disease. OSHA and other government agencies have not established safe exposure limits for these contaminants.
So, I would take that as a qualified yes. Your mask can help to protect you from Coronavirus at least some. Unfortunately we don’t know how much exactly.
As long, of course, as it is the right size and you wipe it off with a Clorox wipe or alcohol after each use.