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Silicone Face Masks Made in Maine

The best face mask is engineered from medical-grade silicone and features a disposable, adjustable, comfortable design. There are two components to this half face mask: a silicone earloop and lanyard that is comfortable for longterm use and dishwasher safe and disposable white face mask covers.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical masks have gone mainstream. The CDC recommends that all Americans cover their nose and mouth in public. In response to this initiative, you will soon be able to buy a face mask online from SiliconeGear that is 100% made in the USA.

In the following guide, we discuss commonly asked questions such as what type of face mask for coronavirus people may use, when their use is recommended, and where to buy one online right now when many places are sold out.

The Best Face Mask Made from Medical-Grade Silicone

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SiliconeGear is launching the patent-pending Casco Mask featuring a medical-grade silicone earloop and lanyard and disposable non-woven face covers. Unlike conventional designs, the Casco Mask features:

  • Dishwasher-safe and comfortable silicone earloop/lanyard design.
  • Disposable and adjustable face covers ideal for users of different sizes.
  • Optional nose bridges which reduce glasses fog.

 

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As a medical device manufacturer in Maine, our mission is to provide quality silicone products at factory-direct prices and reduce our nation’s dependence on global imports, especially during crises like this.

Our patent-pending minimum performance earloop face mask design was invented in response to the CDC’s recommendation that everyone cover their nose and mouth in public.

Disclaimer: We make no claims as to the filtration technology in our mask. The following information is meant as educational information. None of the content on this website is medical advice. Please see the CDC for up-to-date information on the pandemic.

6 Advantages of Our Patent-Pending Design

We believe that comfort, adjustability and quality materials are crucial — especially when it comes to products like these. The patent-pending Casco Mask™ design offers:

  1. A comfortable universal fit
  2. Dishwasher safe design, making it easy to clean and re-use
  3. Convenient lanyard design
  4. Disposable non-woven mouth covers
  5. Made from medical-grade silicone
  6. Factory-direct pricing and quality
  7. Made in the USA

What Does a Face Mask Do?

The CDC has officially recommended wearing a covering one’s mouth and nose in public. This can mean wearing a face mask in public. The CDC recommendation follows research that suggests that a significant percentage of people suffering from the virus are asymptomatic. This makes it essential to protect oneself from getting COVID-19 or unintentionally spreading it in public.

Instructions on how to use the patent-pending Casco Mask™.

How Often Should You Use a Face Mask?

The CDC recommends wearing a face mask whenever in public. If you are looking for information specific to your lifestyle, see the CDC and state advisories and speak with a medical professional.

Here are a few examples of occasions for wearing a face mask:

  • Grocery store
  • Pharmacy
  • Out for a walk
  • While exercising
  • When interacting with others while still practicing social distancing
  • Any public place

Why Do Asian People Wear Face Masks Traditionally?

Wearing a face mask has been more customary in Asian cultures than in the West for some time. In short, this tradition dates back to the SARS epidemic and bird flu, both of which hit Asian countries harder than the United States.

This is also why Asian countries like Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea have been more successful at stemming the COVID-19 outbreak: They have experience with coronavirus before and knew that harsh measures had to be imposed quickly. By contrast, the U.S. did not suffer from the SARS epidemic to the same degree — and Americans have only recently become comfortable wearing medical face masks.

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What Is the Best Face Mask?

This is a decision to make with the advice of a healthcare professional. However, the CDC does not recommend using respirators, such as N95 masks, which should be reserved for healthcare professionals and at-risk essential workers. Instead, one could wear a simple face mask which does not have respiratory technology, such as our American-made design.

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

Wondering why everyone is covering the nose and mouth these days? This is in response to government warnings based on scientific research on coronavirus transmission. There are two prevalent theories on COVID-19 transmission:

  1. The virus can be transferred person-to-person through air or fluid particles, especially when they come in contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  2. Through surfaces, hard surfaces like metal and plastic especially, infected with the virus. How long do germs live on surfaces is still being studied.

In other words, a person may get coronavirus through droplets or air particles (cough or sneeze) emitted by a sick person or from touching something with the virus and then touching their eyes/nose/mouth. Essential workers who come into contact with commonly touched surfaces and the public have been deemed most at risk.

Why PPE Is Essential for Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers put themselves at extreme risk without surgical masks. They can contract COVID-19 from droplets entering their nose, mouth, or eyes or from touching something and then touching their face. What does a face mask do? It provides a barrier that may stop or reduce the spread of droplets. It can also stop someone from touching their face.

For people who believe they are infected with coronavirus, a medical mask may also keep them from emitting droplets from their mouths or noses and infecting those around them.

The average healthy person may also benefit from protecting their nose and mouth — and simultaneously stopping themselves from touching their face.

Why Is There a Surgical Mask Shortage?

The United States and much of Europe in the midst of a personal protective equipment shortage. This means that hospitals and state governments are struggling to equip their healthcare workers with the right gear to prevent them from getting the virus.

Similarly, civilians are struggling to access medical masks and other products designed to stop the spread of coronavirus. That’s why we’ve designed a silicone face mask that is:

  • Comfortable, medical-grade silicone
  • Offers a universal fit
  • Dishwasher safe and re-usable
  • Comes with a selection of easily insertable mask material
  • User-friendly
  • Made in the USA

Face masks are recommended by the CDC to help stop liquid and air particle contaminants. We are working around the clock to ramp up production. Please join our email list and stay tuned for updates.

What’s the Difference Between Respirator, Simple, and Surgical Masks?

There are many different kinds of gear used to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here’ is a quick overview of some of the different types. Of course, the following is meant for educational purposes. It is not medical advice.

N95 Respirator Face Mask

The PPE most discussed in recent times is the N95 respirator, a special kind of mask with air filtration technology meant for use in surgical theaters or in treating very ill patients. Governments are asking people not to purchase N95s online so as not to endanger the people who actually need them.

Furthermore, N95 masks can be uncomfortable for longterm use as it requires extra effort to breathe in. This is why our design, more similar to a simple surgical mask, is more ideal for day-to-day use.

Surgical Masks

Also known as a medical mask, these simple pieces of PPE are the kind you see healthcare workers such as nurses and surgeons wearing around the hospital. They are used in various procedures and are crucial when medical professionals are caring from COVID-19 patients.

Though designed with the medical industry in mind, our silicone surgical mask is also great for everyday use. Note that it does not include respirator technology.

Oxygen Mask

This mask is used in the treatment of pulmonary illnesses, such as COVID-19 pneumonia. Essentially, an oxygen device transfers gas from a tank to the user. There are full face and half face options (covering nose and mouth or just the mouth, respectively).

If you have a similar product you’d like to develop, please contact our manufacturer Casco Bay Molding. The sales team will get in touch with you with a quote.

CPAP Mask

Though similar in concept to a respirator, a CPAP machine is designed for occasional use rather than continued use in a healthcare facility. People suffering from sleep apnea — a sleep disorder in which a person stops and starts breathing during the night — often use a CPAP machine during the night to facilitate breathing.

Our manufacturer Casco Bay Molding has experience designing and producing CPAP components. Please reach out to them if you are interested in developing something similar.

Casco Mask: A Simple Face Mask Earloop Design

The patent-pending Casco Mask is a minimum performance face covering. It features a silicone lanyard that is dishwasher-safe and disposable mouth and nose covers, making it an affordable long-term solution.

We are also releasing a face shield featuring a medical-grade silicone and thermoplastic headband (also sold separately) and plastic visor components. Both will be available for wholesale shortly.

Disclaimer: We have not tested our mask for filtration capabilities and make no filtration claims. We do not guarantee protection from COVID-19 or any other airborne contaminants. The Casco Mask is not a replacement for personal protective equipment. None of the information on this site is intended as medical advice.