Clean Air Is A Human Right
Air is communal, shared by every life on Earth. Air is also very personal, affecting each of us differently. AirPop protects every breath like its your first
Better Breathing Security For All
Air is a shared resource - it’s communal - but your health is personal and should be up to you. Unlike diet and exercise, choosing the air we breathe was out of our control.
Airborne risks represent the largest invisible threat to global public health, so since 2015 AirPop’s purpose has been to provide a professional grade protection solution for everyone, wherever and whatever the threat type.
We reimagined everything about how masks work, how they fit, how they feel and how they’re made. Traditional PPE masks are a product of the machines that make them rather than the people that wear them. We started from how humans breathe to design the ideal mask experience. We’re made for breathing.
Airborne risks represent the largest invisible threat to global public health and AirPop’s purpose is to provide a protection solution for everyone, wherever and whatever the threat type.
Often invisible, air pollution affects every organ in the human body and can reach virtually every cell where it accumulates over time. Primarily made up of PM10 (10μm particles), PM2.5 (2.5μm particles) and PM1 (1μm particles), air pollution is created primarily by human activity in cities and near industrial sites. However, natural events such as forest fires and dust storms can also cause high concentrations of fine dust particles.
Social distancing in tight quarters, like in planes and on public transportation, is nearly impossible. Even with high throughput HEPA filters, people moving about can disrupt the circulation of air creating pockets of risk. The compound effect of contaminated air plus the threat of social transmission of pathogens means wearing masks in the cabin, train, car, or rideshare, is very important to reduce overall risk for yourself and others.
Wildfires emit a mixture of particulate matter, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and more. The biggest concern, however, is fine particulate matter (< 2.5μm) which 90% of smoke consists of. Fine particles are respiratory irritants that can trigger coughing, phlegm, wheezing, and can be as small as 0.4μm. While most healthy adults and children recover from the effects of wildfire smoke, at-risk groups may experience adverse health impacts.
Airborne allergens are aerosols that enter the human body, creating an immune response that can differ from person to person, and are most commonly caused by pollen, dust and fungal spores. Allergens vary greatly, with pollen around 30μm and cat allergen particles as small as 1μm. While only particles under 5μm can enter the lower respiratory tract, pollen can break down as small as 0.12μm under moist weather conditions. They are especially troublesome for people with respiratory conditions.
Pathogens & Influenza
These tiny organisms are infectious agents accountable for spreading a range of diseases. Most commonly, airborne pathogens are viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Many pathogens are spread via respiratory excretions, and they can range in size from 17nm to 50μm and beyond. Viruses are the most common form of airborne pathogens, and when attached to aerosol particles < 5μm in size can remain airborne indefinitely.
SARS CoV-2 & COVID-19
COVID-19 is the name of the virus spread by ultra-fine SARS‑CoV‑2 particles. Primarily spread by airborne respiratory excretions, COVID-19 is usually spread from the nasal cavity and throat, which is the initial point of infection. While naked SARS‑CoV‑2 virions range from 70-90nm in diameter, the virus travels within larger exhaled respiratory droplets generated by simply breathing or talking. This means increased ventilation and close fitting masks like AirPop are effective mitigation strategies to reduce transmission.