The CDC has stated that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is believed to primarily pass from person to person through respiratory droplets and contaminated surfaces, so properly used face masks can act as a barrier to help prevent its spread.
Masks, along with other protective gear, are in short supply. That includes cloth and thin surgical masks as well as N95 respirators, which are used by construction workers and in hospital wards because they block at least 95% of airborne particles.
The public rapid response forces in the COVID-19 fight comprise military, law enforcement, fire/ambulance and security first responders. For these high consequence critical success responders, most current disposable mask and PPG systems pose additional limitations for emergency response while under physical duress (accelerated/heavy breathing) by severely restricting airflow. These easily damaged or torn-away, flimsy masks also create dangerous exposure from persons of unknown pathogen condition.
Recognizing this, RFH Tactical has developed and deployed the Tactical Shield Mask (TSM) system. It is a ruggedized polymer mask incorporating a primary breathing port comprised of a reinforced grill integrating 3-layer copper filtration screens. Dual side vents having the same grill and 3-layered copper screens are available for emergency mask venting when primary grill is blocked.
The RFH Tactical TSM mask is a supplemental system designed for use in the current COVID-19 crisis. The TSM Mask screening ports contain dual layered copper mesh that comprises EPA category I (95.2 - 99.99%) copper (registration no. 82012-1) and a single layer silver plated nylon non-woven fabric plated with copper and anti-corrosion coating.
Its rugged design permits use in high tempo austere conditions where disposable masks cannot. Donning is accomplished by 4-point elastic, adjustable straps that ensure proper fit and security.
When combined with the Lancer Tactical Goggles, users are provided with extra layers of protection from contamination. Lancer Tactical Goggles are rubber sealed, without any exposed foam.