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Mak Tumang releases P25,000 luxe face mask – and people have thoughts

Jul 07, 2020 - 5:23 PM

The mask is inspired by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray's iconic 'lava' gown

LAVA GOWN. Catriona Gray wears the iconic 'Lava' gown that inspired her designer Mak Tumang's latest mask line. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The science of how you sound when you talk through a face mask

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:00 AM

In recent years, our research team of forensic speech scientists has studied the different ways facewear might affect speech clarity. Our results contained some surprises.

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Goldman Sachs: Requiring masks could save U.S. economic recovery

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Goldman Sachs says a national mask mandate could 'partially substitute' for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise subtract nearly 5% from US growth

MASKS. N95 face masks produced by 3M. Photo from Shutterstock

Czechs to drop mandatory face masks from July

Jun 18, 2020 - 5:19 PM

'The blanket duty to wear face masks will be abandoned on July 1, 2020... with the exception of regions with a worse epidemiological situation,' Health Minister Adam Vojtech says

DROPPING THE MASKS. Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis addresses a joint press conference a press conference following the Visegrad Group meeting on June 11, 2020 in Lednice, Czech Republic. File photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Israel aims to end imports by making own masks

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz says local production 'removes our dependence on foreign factors and contributes to the Israeli economy during a difficult period'

Workers at the Sion Medical factory, the country's first production line of N95 masks, produce masks at the factory in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on, June 15 2020. - Israel said it had opened a factory to make millions of high-spec masks as it prepares for a possible "second wave" of coronavirus cases. "We are preparing for a second wave of the virus," said Defence Minister Benny Gantz, announcing the country's first production line of N95 masks. Gantz said the local production "removes our dependence on foreign factors and contributes to the Israeli economy during a difficult period." (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

French urged to buy 'Made in France' masks amid surplus

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:45 AM

As the pandemic slows in Europe, French businesses have millions of unsold masks on their hands, prompting a government effort to promote 'Made in France' masks

A seamstress sews cloth face masks at the "Saint James" clothing factory on April 22, in Saint-James, north western France. (Photo by Damien MEYER / AFP)

126 arrested in Pampanga for not wearing face masks

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:31 PM

Provincial Ordinance 756, which requires wearing of face masks and face covers in public places, imposes a penalty of P20,000 to P50,000 or one month to 6 months imprisonment

PAMPANGA Police Director Colonel Jean Fajardo speaks to the persons arrested for not wearing face masks during the Oplan Facemask in Northville, Barangay Calulut, in the capital City of San Fernando. Photo from the Facebook page of Pampanga Police Provincial Office

WHO encourages masks where virus widespread, distancing tough

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:53 PM

(UPDATED) As the coronavirus continues to spread, the World Health Organization changes its stance on who should wear a mask, when it should be worn, and what it should be made of

FACE MASKS. People wait to enter a supermarket wearing face masks amid concern over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Panama City, on June 1, 2020. File photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

FALSE: Prolonged face mask use causes hypoxia, hypercapnia

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:44 PM

(UPDATED) WHO Philippines says using face masks does not cause hypoxia nor excessive carbon dioxide intake

Uniqlo Japan will be selling AIRism face masks

May 26, 2020 - 11:39 AM

The 'breathable' face masks will be made from Uniqlo's special AIRism fabric

Mindanao's trademark abaca paper is now a face mask

May 25, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Tests by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 10 show that the abaca fiber mask has a filtration rate 7 times better than cloth masks and has lower water absorption than N95 masks

An artisinal company in Misamis Oriental finds a new use for its trademark abaca paper via a face mask.  According to the test conducted by DOST Region 10, the fiber mask has a filtration rate that is seven times better than cloth, and has lower water absorption than N95 mask. Photo from Salay Handmade Products Industries, Incorporated (SHPII)

DOST’s rewashable face masks ready for commercialization

May 25, 2020 - 1:01 PM

REwear face masks are designed to be washable for up to 50 times

Florida craftsman makes face masks from python skin

May 23, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Brian Woods, owner of All American Gator Products, turns his hand to design face masks made out of reptile skin in response to the coronavirus pandemic

IN PHOTOS: Leaders wear masks as world deals with coronavirus pandemic

May 21, 2020 - 9:30 AM

The use of face masks by the general public is increasingly recommended in many countries grappling with the coronavirus

WORLD LEADERS. This combination of file pictures created on May 8, 2020, shows political leaders wearing face masks during the COVID-19, coronavirus pandemic. AFP photos

WATCH: The Hustle guide to making a DIY face mask

Apr 29, 2020 - 8:33 PM

For your productivity and safety needs, here’s an animated guide to making your own easy-to-stitch, rewashable, and refillable face masks

3M earnings rise on demand for medical masks

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:55 PM

3M, which manufactures a wide range of products including face masks, experiences a 21% surge in sales in its healthcare business during the 1st quarter of 2020

MANUFACTURING GIANT. The 3M headquarters in Woodbury, Minnesota, on August 25, 2011. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Deaf Indonesians turn to clear virus masks

Apr 28, 2020 - 12:53 PM

A husband and wife duo in Makassar on Sulawesi island makes cloth masks with transparent plastic in the middle to help fellow deaf people

SEE-THROUGH MASKS. This picture taken on April 26, 2020 shows Faizah Badaruddin, who is deaf and speech-impaired, wearing a homemade face mask which enables people with disabilities like herself to read lips when communicating, in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Photo by Andi/AFP

Trump announces 3M deal for millions of masks

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:15 AM

'The 3M saga ends very happily,' says United States President Donald Trump, who earlier attacked the company for continuing to sell face masks outside the US

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 25, 2011, the 3M headquarters in Woodbury, Minnesota. - 3M on April 3, 2020, defended its handling of production and distribution of desperately needed masks to combat the coronavirus pandemic after US President Donald Trump threatened to punish the US manufacturing giant for not shifting all distribution back home. (Photo by KAREN BLEIER / AFP)

Tarlac imposes stiff penalties on those not wearing face masks in public places

Apr 05, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Governor Susan Yap signs an executive order that sets a maximum P50,000 fine or 6-month imprisonment on those not wearing face masks outside their homes

DIFFERENT MASKS. Residents of Mayantoc, Tarlac line up to buy food from a “rolling store.” Photo from Provincial Government of Tarlac Facebook page

Facing Trump's wrath, 3M vows boosted mask production for U.S.

Apr 04, 2020 - 7:00 AM

3M says its facilities 'have gone above and beyond to manufacture as many N95 respirators as possible for the US market'

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Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped?

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:13 PM

The use of masks in parts of Asia with relatively low numbers of infections and deaths from the virus, including Japan and Hong Kong, leads some to theorize mask-wearing is making the difference

The BJMP implements a "no mask no entry" policy for visitors of inmates at the Manila City Jail on March 10, 2020, as part of their initiative to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gaza factories pivot to masks in coronavirus response

Apr 01, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Masks and other protective gear are being made initially for the Gaza market, with the potential to later export to Israel

Palestinian workers manufacture protective coverall suits and maks at a workshop in Gaza City on March 30, 2020 amid coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - The Queen Tex factory in the Gaza Strip used to specialise in making shirts and jeans, but as the new coronavirus swept the globe it pivoted into medicalwear.Now lines of men use old sewing machines to stitch together masks while also wearing them as the blockaded Palestinian enclave develops a homegrown response to the crisis. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Booming face mask producers in China meet global demand

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A staggering 8,950 new manufacturers started producing masks in China from January to February 2020, according to business data platform Tianyancha

Workers produce face masks for export at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 26, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

WATCH: How to sew your own face masks, as taught by designer Santi Obcena

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Whether for donating or your own use, here's how you can make your own face mask

German army loses 6 million masks in Kenya

Mar 24, 2020 - 5:57 PM

A German army shipment of 6 million face masks needed to protect against the novel coronavirus vanishes in Kenya. It isn't immediately clear why the shipment was transiting through there, a spokeswoman says.

DOST, private partners to produce 500,000 reusable face masks

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:25 PM

The Philippine Textile Research Institute hopes to start production by end of next week

Photo and logo from the DOST-PTRI

Hong Kong political rivals woo voters with free face masks

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Politicians from both the pro-democracy camp and its pro-Beijing rivals have seized on the face mask shortage, beginning a charm offensive with voters even before official campaigning kicks off

FACE MASK POLITICS. Hong Kong pro-democracy district councillor Eason Chan gives a resident face masks and cleaning products at a public housing estate in Lam Tin in Hong Kong on March 14, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Indonesia busts Malaysians for virus-mask smuggling

Mar 12, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Authorities in Sumatra's Medan city prevent a pair of Malaysians from trying to smuggle 12,000 face masks back to their home country


Taiwan inmates join coronavirus fight with mask factory

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:23 PM

Correctional facilities across Taiwan are taking part in the new scheme to manufacture cloth face masks and face mask protectors to supply their staff and the public

A mask-clad inmates poses with completed masks at a sewing workroom at the Taipei Prison in Taoyuan City, northern Taiwan on March 10, 2020. More than 4,000 people have died and over 110,000 have been infected worldwide, with the majority in China, though daily infections are now growing at a much faster pace abroad.

How to spot fake N95 face masks, according to DOH

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Real N95 masks are 'marked with ’N95,’ rigid, thick, and molded for the contour of the face,' says Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo

FAKE MASKS. Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo inspects medical stores that allegedly sell overpriced N95 masks along Bambang st. in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Tuesday, January 14. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Manila begins crackdown vs stores 'overpricing' N95 face masks

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:38 PM

Under the Philippine Consumer's Act, sellers found committing unfair sales practices can be fined up to P10,000 or imprisoned for up to one year

PRICE HIKE. Price of face masks rise as Taal Volcano spews ash that falls in dozens of provinces and Metro Manila. Rappler file photo

Stores run out of face masks as Taal Volcano ash spreads to Calabarzon, Metro Manila

Jan 13, 2020 - 5:14 AM

(UPDATED) A day after the start of the volcanic ashfall, we monitored people who apparently bought face masks in bulk on Sunday and are noq selling them at steep prices on online platforms

Situation in Talisay Batangas where residents take shelter in Talisay municipal Hall, Batangaas on late Suday, January 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Thin skin: Japan firm develops ultra-fine spray-on moisturizing face mask

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:55 PM

After applying an absorbent lotion, users spray the fibers onto their face and a thin translucent sheet is quickly formed, acting as a 'greenhouse' for the real skin below to soak up the moisture and still be able to breathe

SO THIN. An employee for Japanese cosmetics company Kao removes a super thin transparent layer after using a palm-sized diffuser on her face, during a product demonstration in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Hong Kong anti-mask law 'unconstitutional' – High court

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'The restrictions it imposes on fundamental rights... go further than is reasonably necessary... and therefore fail to meet the proportionality test,' the court says, according to a press summary

DEFIANCE. Pro-democracy protesters participate in a rally as they march through Hong Kong's Wanchai district on November 2, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

New protests as Hong Kong government mulls face mask ban

Oct 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) Carrie Lam is expected to meet her cabinet to decide whether they should enact the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban all face coverings

MASKED PROTESTERS. A masked pro-democracy protester holds up his hand with other demonstrators to symbolize their 5 demands, during a protest against an expected government ban on protesters wearing face masks at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on October 4, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Chinese smog has silver lining for mask makers

Mar 06, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The business climate improves for manufacturers of face masks air purifiers and pollution monitors

Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan, in east China's Shandong province amongst heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Ten Chinese cities were on red alert for smog on December 24, state media reported, as large swathes of the country suffered through their fourth wave of choking pollution this month. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR