How to Use Pollution Masks? Tips for Surviving the Air Pollution in Pakistan

By Abdul Hadi — Published on 05/11/2016

Just think about these facts:


You can survive three weeks without food, three days without water but a few minutes without water.

Air is without any doubt one of the most vital resources that we need to survive. The concern or impact of polluted or bad air or even terrible smog is often underestimated.

Do pollution masks help the wearer? This winter has already seen harsh pollution and smoke in many parts of Pakistan specially in Lahore and many other cities of Upper Punjab. With Provincial and local governments abdicating responsibility, citizens are being forced to find ways to breathe in this harsh environment.

Such events have dramatically increased public awareness and discussion about air pollution in multiple parts of the country. People are queuing up outside stores to buy air purifiers and air masks to safeguard themselves from the ill-effects of dangerous levels of air pollution.


Here are the important things that you must consider while purchasing a purifier

HEPA FilterTo clear out small particulate matter (PM2.5 and less)
Heavy-Activated CharcoalTo remove harmful gasses and odors
Pre-FilterTo remove the larger particulate matter to prolong the life of the purifier
High CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate)To remove more pollutants from specific amounts of air
Area to be PurifiedPurifiers function efficiently only at half the listed space because they are tested in a sealed environment
Avoid Machines With Negative Ions, Photocatalytic Oxidation, UV LightsThese potentially release zone as a byproduct

A Guide to Surgical Mask

Surgical Mask:

Offers no protection against air pollutants and microbes

Reusability: Disposable, one time use

Price: Rs. 10-20

Verdict: No protection against air pollution

N95 Particulate Respirator

Filters dust particles and certain air-bone biological particles

Reusability: Disposable, should be discarded after two to three days of use

Price: Rs. 100 to 120

Verdict: Not for people who have difficulty breathing, not worth the price

N95 Aura Particulate Respirator

A 3-panel disposable flat-fold respirator with a cool flow valve

Reusability: Disposable, change after a couple of days of use

Price: Rs. 250 to 300

Verdict: Wirth the money regarding comfort and effectiveness

Totobobo Mask

A compact, lightweight mask with a pair of disposable filters

Reusability: Reusable pair of filters

Price: Rs. 2,500 to 3,000

Verdict: Fit can be a problem, price is a bit steep

About Author

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Abdul Hady is a content expert on topics related to the dynamic and ever-changing entertainment and technology industries. He becomes an expert in multimedia content development and distribution because of his dedication to researching how these two rapid markets overlap.

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