Updated: Jun 27, 2020
With the variety of face coverings and mask available it can be confusing to know which fits your requirement.
What are the best face masks to buy?
Here we aim to impart a little knowledge so that you can decide for yourself which you need.
Cloth Face Covering - Reusable
This type offers minimal protection. We cannot recommend this type for your protection but it can reduce the droplets you exhale and therefore protect people around you. If everyone wore this type of mask, viral spread would be drastically reduced. Hive does sell this type.
Spandex/Foam Face Mask - Reusable
This type is sufficient for a majority of people who are looking to protect themselves in open spaces where other people are nearby. It is washable and reusable and offers great value. Hive does sell this type.
Surgical Face Mask
This type offers minimal protection. We cannot recommend this type for your protection but it can reduce the droplets you exhale and therefore protect people around you. Fluid resistant versions of this mask offer more protection. Hive does sell this mask.
KN95 Face Mask
This type of mask has been produced to a specific Chinese standard called the KN95 standard. This standard is regarded as equivalent to the European FFP2 standard and the American N95 standard. Be aware of fake KN95 face masks being sold worldwide, so only buy from reputable retailers. This mask can be worn in spaces where there are many people around you such as a train or bus. We believe this mask is a very good option for your protection and the protection of others around you.
FFP2 Face Mask
This type of face mask is produced to the European FFP standard. This mask has been tested here in the UK and is now being used in dental and medical practices. At Hive, we have fully certified FFP2 masks. Certification by BSI.
FFP3 Face Mask
UK Dental practices and Harley Street medical practices have now purchased all our stock of this super high filtration mask.
Where do you buy face masks?
We believe it is sensible to buy face masks from reputable retailers. This is because there are many sub-standard products being sold. Hive Pharmacy is an NHS contracted pharmacy and is regulated by MHRA and GPHC.