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Test for Genuine Mask

Test for Genuine Mask

Don’t forget it’s not just the use of a mask that is important but it’s equally important to use it properly and buy a genuine one. We have compiled our experiences from various sources, including popular posts from doctors, Internet, etc. and summarized it into 3 simple tests. Unfortunately, all the tests are destructive, which means you need to sacrifice one mask to perform all these tests.

Visual Test

Visual Test

If it is a 3-ply mask, logically, it would need to have 3 layers. Cut open the mask and you should see a very obvious 3-layers, as shown below.

The 3 layers would typically consist of a Translucent piece (back), White piece (middle), & the colored piece (front).

If you don’t have those 3 layers, then it is not a 3-ply mask.

Water Test

Water Test


Surgical masks, not only protect others from your cough and sneeze, they also provide protection against others’. Therefore, the outer layer is designed to be waterproof! Fold your mask such that the outer side forms a funnel & pour some water into it. You should be able to see that the mask is holding up the water properly. Apart from that, touch the bottom of the funnel, & ensure it is not wet or damp.

Fire Test

Fire Test


The middle layer is a special meltblown filter with 99% bacteria filtration, & not a piece of paper.

Therefore, if you were to light it with a flame, it will not catch fire.

Nose Wire Test

Nose Wire Test


The middle layer is a special meltblown filter with 99% bacteria filtration, & not a piece of paper.

Therefore, if you were to light it with a flame, it will not catch fire.