The epidemic situation in Hong Kong is gradually under control, but people still need to wear masks for a long period. The government is expected to announce as soon as this week that reusable masks will be distributed to all citizens in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Bureau said that the preparatory work has entered the final stage, with the goal of “every citizen has a durable and reused mask.”
Yuen Kwok-Yung, a member of the expert advisory panel of the SAR government and chair professor of the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong, believes that if all people wear masks, some epidemic prevention measures can be considered to be relieved.
Yuen reveals those masks will contain reusable filters that can be replaced. The masks themselves can be cleaned and reused more than 60 times.
Yuen hoped the distribute reusable masks to reduce the mental and economic pressure caused by masks during the COVID-19.
At present, there are many reusable masks in the local market. Chan Yik Hei has developed a “photocatalytic coating reusable mask”. outer layer with the photocatalytic coating, a middle layer where a filter that meets KN95 filtration standards is inserted, and an inner layer for the absorption of droplets. The mask packed with ultraviolet disinfection bag and 10 filter elements that sold to 180 HKD.
Another reusable mask is the “anti-bacteria cloth mask” produced by Chung Kwok-pan, a member of the textile and garment industry. The filter element is built-in and cannot be removed. It can be cleaned and reused for 60 times. It is reported to be resistant to Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Candida spp. Each piece is sold in 100 HKD.
Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan said that despite reopening government services and lifting restrictions this week, “we must be cautious because the global epidemic has not yet been resolved.”