Singapore — The second batch of Government face masks which were “supposed(ly) better and reportedly tested” are not breathable, according to opposition People’s Power Party founder Goh Meng Seng.
As part of the assistance the Government has given Singaporeans during the Covid-19 crisis, face mask distributions were launched in the beginning of April, wherein residents could claim masks provided by the Government.
In response to this, however, was a mixed response over the efficacy of the masks as netizens shared their evaluations. Some questioned the usefulness of cotton masks in protecting against potential virus-containing droplets as opposed to other kinds of masks, such as surgical masks and N95 masks, which got a much higher score on the protection efficiency scale against viruses.
Following this, at the end of May, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing announced that improved reusable masks could be claimed, making for the second round of the Government’s face mask initiative.
“The reusable masks are a result of our efforts to continue to build up and improve their quality for Singaporeans,” said Mr Chan. “They were researched, developed and produced by our partners including Ramatex, A*STAR, Ghim Li and Nanyang Technological University.”
In a recent Facebook post, however, opposition politician Goh Meng Seng shared his evaluation of the second batch of masks, and noted that despite the “commendable” initiative of the People’s Action Party, “both reusable masks they have given out have failed badly for comfort or practical use”.
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