Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Who should wear the mask?
While we created Threads Helps to supply masks for non-healthcare frontline workers as a non-medical alternative, anyone can use our masks. Our masks are NOT medical-grade and are not suitable for use for healthcare professionals on the job. They are NOT a viable substitute for personal protective equipment (PPE) or N95 masks, nor do they claim to be.
Is the mask reusable?
Yes! We highly encourage you reuse the masks (after proper washing and care, of course).
How do I wash the mask?
Our masks are washing machine friendly. We recommend you put them in a delicates or laundry bag before putting in the machine. We recommend you wash them in warm water and then machine or hang dry.
How often should I wear the mask?
We recommend you wash the mask after each use.
Where are the masks made?
Our masks are made by our factory in Italy. We have a long-standing relationship with them and have high conviction and trust in the quality of their products.
Does the factory have any certifications?
Yes, we are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and OEKO-TEX STeP certified. The products have passed rigorous tests for harmful substances and the factory maintains environmentally friendly production processes. For more info, please click here.
What should I use as additional filters for the masks?
Our masks are already double layered so they already provide pretty good protection without the additional filters. For additional filter inserts, we recommend anything with a "tight weave" - coffee filters or J-cloths could work well. NPR also recently reported in this article that tights & stockings could act as an effective extra layer for your masks. If you've tried out any filters that you love, we'd love to hear about them!
Will I get a confirmation email of my order?
Yes, all orders will receive a confirmation email or text (depending on whether you inputted your email or phone number during checkout) immediately following checkout. Confirmation emails can sometimes get stuck in your junk or spam folder so be sure to check there too.
When will I receive my order?
For orders made after May 9, please refer to our shipping guidelines here.
Why is delivery taking so long?
We've recently been made aware of severe delays with both Canada Post and USPS due to COVID-19. There are certain postal codes that are being disproportionately affected by delays due to COVID-19. Larger cities have been more affected by this delay and backlog. We appreciate your patience as we all navigate this!
Can I get a tracking number for shipping?
Your tracking number will be included in your shipping confirmation email.
Can I pick-up curbside?
Due to the high volume of orders and managing physical distancing restrictions with our small team, we are not able to take curbside pickup requests at this time.
What's your return policy?
Due to the nature of the product and for the safety of everyone, we will not accept returns or exchanges on any masks. All sales are final. If you have an issue with your mask, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I buy in larger quantities?
We'd love to connect and discuss. Please email us at email@example.com.
Can I make a donation or buy a pack of masks for someone in need?
Yes! We've partnered with Margaret's. You can learn more here.
Research & Readings
Do you have any research or articles I can read on this topic?
Yes! We've compiled a few articles that discuss this below.
- "Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19" (CDC)
- "Adding A Nylon Stocking Layer Could Boost Protection From Cloth Masks, Study Finds" (NPR)
- "Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission" (CDC)
- "Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks" (Nature)
- "Despite What You May Have Heard, You Should Wear a Mask For Covid-19." (National Post)
- "It's Time To Face Facts, America: Masks Work." (Wired)
- "Strategies For Optimizing the Supply Of Facemasks: Covid-19." (Centre for Disease Control)
- "More Americans Should Probably Wear Masks For Protection" (New York Times)
- "Testing the Efficacy Of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?" (University of Cambridge)