As the COVID pandemic continues to spread, countries across the world are implementing and enforcing requirements on public life in many venues – social distancing, wearing face masks, limiting the number of participants in most group gatherings – all to stave off further spread of this virus.
While this reality has become an unfortunate priority in our lives, there are companies that are offering many products on the market to ease your concerns with practical ways to reduce and even prevent the risk of infection. We are going to review some of those products as well as include some helpful tips.
|EDITOR’S CHOICE||1. Antimicrobial Preventive Snood
|RUNNER UP||2. Antimicrobial Face Mask
|3. Lambs Snapback Glove
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1. Antimicrobial Preventive Snood
Lambs is a company that manufactures products that take proactive and preventative measures to help you and your family stay healthy. To address the COVID pandemic, Lambs has introduced a new line of protective wear called the Pasteur Line, which incorporates their proprietary XSoft Silver fibers that have been tested to be naturally antiviral and antimicrobial.
Lambs’ antimicrobial snood is a nice change of pace to the common face mask. With a face mask when you don’t want to take it off entirely you move it down onto your chin or below your chin. Then you are dealing with the discomfort of the elastic that is stretching on the ears.
With a snood, it comfortably sits on your neck and does not look as odd. Over time, just as face masks are coming out in multiple colors, the snood can eventually become a color-coordinating accessory, too.
- The dual-layered protective panel includes Lambs’ antimicrobial Wavestopper fabric
- Body – 100% cotton; Front panel – 44% cotton, 39% silver, 17% nylon
- Interior pocket for replaceable filters
- Includes three multi-layer PM2.5 filters
- Snug fit due to metal nose wire
What We Like About Antimicrobial Preventive Snood
Silver is documented to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. Not only does the snood prevent infection, but the silver also destroys germs on contact. The material is light and breathable. You can machine wash this snood which means it is reusable and eco-friendly.
The additional upside to a snood, compared to a face mask, is that if you wear glasses you won’t have to deal with the additional elastic sitting over your ear together with your glasses. For women, you avoid the trouble of losing earrings that happens when taking off the elastic of the face mask while in a hurry or on the go.
What We Don’t Like About Antimicrobial Preventive Snood
Keep in mind that while silver has been documented to have antiviral properties, the XSoft Silver in this snood has not been specifically tested on COVID.
- Replaceable filter
- Machine Washable
- No testing to document effectiveness against COVID
2. Antimicrobial Face Mask
Lambs’ Pasteur Line is designed to protect you and your family from infection from COVID. This product line offers its own non-medical antimicrobial face mask that is incorporated with Lambs’ XSoft Silver fibers to offer you the same protection as the snoods.
With every Lambs purchase, the company will donate 5 meals to Feeding America. With so many Americans impacted by the loss of income, Lambs is doing their part in more ways than one in helping people deal with the stresses COVID has brought into so many people’s lives.
- Antimicrobial Wavestopper is dual-layered and is made with 44% cotton, 39% silver, 17% nylon
- Interior pocket for replaceable filters
- Includes 3 multi-layer PM2.5 filters
- Overhead elastic for comfort
- Metal nose wire gives a snug fit
What We Like About Antimicrobial Face Mask
The face mask incorporates the same antiviral XSoft Silver that has been proven to destroy germs on contact. The overhead elastic is more comfortable than wearing elastics over the ears, especially if you wear glasses or earrings.
What We Don’t Like About Antimicrobial Face Mask
Lambs has established documented proof that silver is antiviral, even kills germs on contact, however, this product has not undergone any testing with COVID.
The overhead elastic will be inconvenient to take off for those who wear glasses and for women who don’t want their hair to get messy from dealing with this type of mask.
- Silver is proven to be antiviral
- Overhead elastic is more comfortable than over the ears
- Machine washable
- Has not been tested against COVID
- Inconvenient to put on, take off when wearing glasses or don’t want to mess up hair
Here are some tips on using Lambs’ snood or face mask
- The face mask and snood are machine washable and should be washed at high hot temperatures between uses.
- Before and after handling the face mask/snood, always wash your hands.
- While wearing the face mask/snood continue to practice social distancing.
- For best protection, always insert Lambs filters into the face mask/snood
The Snapback Glove by Lambs is a safety convenience for your hand in these uncertain times while traveling about town, visiting with friends, or working in the office (for those who can still go there). The glove resembles a brown oven mitt with a one-size-fits-all design that conveniently hangs from a belt clip that can be attached to your belt, pants waist, or front pants pocket.
The clip of the Snapback Glove has a retractable, three-foot-long durable nylon cord and sports a detachable stainless steel ¾-inch ring to hold your glove. It also has a polypropylene snap-closed loop for attachment by other means such as a belt loop or buttonhole.
The corner of the glove has a sturdy nylon placard with a strong central steel grommet for attachment. The glove opening is made with double-stitched piping for a sturdy edge that wears well.
With its broad and generous opening, the glove can be donned with only one hand without a need to touch the outer shell for better safety. An interior thumb hole allows the thumb to sit comfortably for a sure grip.
- Special XSoft silver weave shell
- Design: XSoft silver shell (70%), modal (30%)
- Universal fit
- Made with natural materials
- Can machine launder
What We Like About Lambs Snapback Glove
The glove is very easy to slip your hand into to grab that all-too-public door handle at the mall or the toilet handle in the bus station bathroom. The choice of silver fiber woven into the shell material is an excellent decision due to the antimicrobial action of silver.
Silver is a naturally antimicrobial material: bacteria and viruses just cannot survive on it because of constant liberation of silver ions, which interfere with a variety of molecular mechanisms in microbes. For this reason, silver is commonly used in wound dressings and various medical devices.
The snapback feature is also very convenient and puts the glove right back at your hip after use without needing to touch the outer shell to remove it (microbial destruction on the shell takes a few moments, so it is best not to touch it until its job is done). Add to this that the glove can be laundered in a washing machine and the Snapback Glove is a very convenient convenience safety item.
What We Don’t Like About Lambs Snapback Glove
We are trying to find something we don’t like about the glove, but we came up short. Sure, carrying a glove around on your hip looks a bit odd, but so is walking around all the time with a surgical mask on your face.
Desperate times require desperate measures. The Snapback Glove is definitely a product of its time and should find broad popularity for imparting that little bit of extra feeling of wellbeing to its users.
- Easy to slip on
- Automatically retractable
- Go anywhere and feel safe
- OK, looks a little funky having a glove hanging off of your hip