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A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment. Medically and for protection masks are made of fibre or gauze and fitting over the nose and mouth to protect against air pollutants, or made of sterile gauze and worn to prevent infection of the wearer or (in surgery) of the patient. In entertainment a mask is worn as a disguise, or to amuse or frighten people. The mask business is divided into five broad categories: medical, protective, disguise, occupational and sports. This includes the manufacture, wholesale and retail of masks.
Different types of masks
Cloth Face Mask Market Opportunity
South Africa has made the use of cloth face masks mandatory as South Africa begins to gradually lift its COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions. This will apply to "all lockdown levels and beyond". South Africa has adopted a tiered approach in various levels with level 5 being the most restrictive (full lockdown), level 4 less, level 3 lesser etc. Level 5 lasted around 5 weeks, and there is not telling how long each level will last, or even whether we will revert back to another level if things don't improve. The use of cloth masks is recommended for the general public as "surgical masks and N-95 masks are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders". Based on this logic there is still a an opportunity for both protective cloth masks for consumers and medical masks for professionals. However this opportunity only covers cloth face masks.
The cloth mask opportunity is the easiest for small businesses to get into with access to a sewing machine, a pattern and materials being the only requirement. This market opportunity is to discuss this opportunity.
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