Bacteria and germs
Bacteria and germs
Germs are microbes including bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi that cause illness and infections if they enter our bodies. They’re unavoidable. They’re in the food we eat and the water we drink. You can find them in soil and on plants and animals, and on just about every surface. They’re often released into the air when a person coughs or sneezes, and can survive on the hands to then be spread to other surfaces like tables and door handles.
How infection happens
Where viruses come from and how we get them
A virus-filled particle of breath or spittle that comes out of the nose or mouth of an infected individual when they breathe, speak, cough or sneeze. They generally fall to the ground within 2 meters of the person who expels them.
A microscopic virus-packed particle that's expelled from an infected person's mouth when breathing, speaking, coughing or sneezing. Unlike a droplet, smaller aerosol particles can remain suspended in the air.
An object covered with virus particles, possibly because someone recently sneezed or coughed respiratory droplets onto it, or swiped a germ-covered hand on it. A glass could become a formite in that manner for example. The particles could survive from several hours to several days.
Through the respiratory route in which we breathe in clouds of tiny virus particles that have accumulated and may be traveling on air currents. A large droplet flies through the air and lands on our body. For instance if we're standing next to someone and they cough in our face.
Through indirect transmission. By touching the surface of a virus-covered object, we pick up the virus on our hands and then introduce the virus to the eyes, nose or mouth.
Protect yourself from germs
HOW OUR FILTRATION HELPS AGAINST GERMS
Airinum masks use a multilayer filter technology to provide superior protection from germs. Both the Urban Air Mask 2.0 and the Lite Air Mask filter out more than 99.9% of particles down to 0.3μm in size.
Submicron dust filtering:
The bacteria masks provide a submicron dust filtering capability to protect against PM2.5 and even smaller particles.
The technology is tested at RISE R&D center in Sweden and is certified for GB 2626-2006 KN95, similar to an industrial N95 mask or N95 respirator.
Our masks Filters out 99.9% of what you breathe
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White blood cell
Dust particle (PM 10)
< 10 μm
Red blood cell
> 10 μm
Dust particle (PM 2.5)