The Vietnam Police Mask

An eco-friendly, washable, multi-use, sustainable product enabling the nation to get back to business, safely.

Covid-19 has spread across the globe at unprecedented speed, with almost 3 million confirmed cases in 185 countries, more than 200,000 fatalities
Vietnam has proven to be a global leader in pandemic response with no deaths, despite a population of over 95 million. We are proud to be the exclusive partner of the Vietnamese Ministry Protective Services, bringing to you the ‘Vietnam Police Mask'

About The Mask 

  • Antibacterial, waterproof, dust filter
  • Antimicrobial mask, even after 30 washes
  • Reusable and washable
  • Manufactured in accordance with the Ministry of Health technical standards for cloth face masks
  • UV resistant
  • Size: 14x24cm
  • Material: 100% eco-friendly cotton
  • One size fits all; suitable for both adults and children
  • What is the filtration grade compared to N95?

History of the face mask

Throughout history masks have served to disguise, cloak or alter identity, whether in the circumstances of ritual and theatre, the perpetuation of crimes or veiling of women.

Medical masks, by contrast, are designed not to hide but to protect. They maintain the wearer’s identity while encouraging solidarity rather than segregation.

Johann Mikulicz-Radecki – professor, surgeon and pioneer of antiseptics – demonstrated ordinary conversation could pass bacteria laden droplets between the nose and mouth, thus substantiating the need for effective face masks.

In many Asian countries, including China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, masks are worn as part of normal daily life, helping stop the spread of airborne diseases and dust particles created by air pollution.

Nations across the globe are increasingly insisting on the wearing of masks by the wider population in public places. The first European country to make this move was Czech Republic. Slovakia quickly followed suit. This trend has continued to include Bosnia, Herzegovina, Austria, Morocco, Turkey, Poland, Jamaica and, most recently, Germany. There is increasing pressure on the UK government to impose similar regulations.

CV19: The Global pandemic

On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) China office received its first reports of a previously unknown virus responsible for several pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in Eastern China with a population of over 11 million.

What started as an outbreak limited to China has become a global pandemic, sparking global lockdown, citizens living in fear of becoming sick. Since the early reports, Covid-19 has spread like wildfire across the globe, with over 200 countries reporting cases.

There is now in excess of 3 million cases, over 200,000 deaths. This continues to rise and the sad truth is, the true number of infections and deaths is likely to be considerably higher in the months and years to come.

In response, world leaders have placed entire countries on lockdown. Men, women and children have been forced to remain indoors for their own safety and protection. These measures have also ensured the closure of businesses, including cinemas, theatres, gyms and pubs. Mass gatherings at weddings and funerals haven’t escaped restrictions.

Although WHO declared Covid-19 a "public health emergency of international concern" (PHEIC) on January 30, it had been reluctant to label it a pandemic. "Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death," said director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

On March 11, WHO officially declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic. "WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction,"

As the virus took grip across the globe, the expression ‘PPE’ engulfed the media, ensuring industry terminology became part of daily conversation amongst the general public. The focus was on finding a vaccine and meeting an unprecedented need for PPE equipment to contain the spread of this relentless and unforgiving virus.

It soon became obvious the UK, like so many other countries, was struggling to control the spread of Covid-19, with one of the biggest challenges sourcing quality PPE. After the initial spike in Covid-19 cases, attention turns to protecting against a second spike while limiting the economic impact by getting business back to being operational. To achieve this, work places must be passed safe against the spread of infection.

Vietnam and CV19

As of April 6, Vietnam, a country of 95.5 million people, reported just 245 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and zero fatalities.

Vietnam is one of very few countries that has suffered no deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While most around the world adopted a wait-and-see approach, Vietnam reacted quickly to the outbreak in Wuhan. In late December, Vietnam’s central government began closely monitoring how the situation was evolving. An emergency meeting was organized with officials from the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discuss measures to combat the coronavirus in Vietnam. This ensured, when the first case of the virus was discovered in Vietnam on January 23, the country was prepared.

Following that first emergency meeting, the new Steering Committee for COVID-19 Control and Prevention issued a Response Plan to contain the virus, which was promptly implemented.

The plan called for an all-of-country mobilization under the direction of the central government, including the entire political system, public security forces, the army, and the general population.

World leading CV19 specific PPE was developed and manufactured, ensuring their frontline were protected.

The Vietnamese Police Mask

Naturally, the spotlight has turned on Vietnam as the flag bearer in CV19 management, with zero deaths in a population of over 90 million. Therefore, it is a source of great pride for Oceanview to offer you the opportunity to use the same armoury in this pandemic battle.

A country where protective masks have been part of their culture for over two decades, Vietnam saw a need to develop CV19 specific PPE as a mandatory measure in the fight against the CV19 spread. For their key workers and, notably the police, they required a durable, lightweight, comfortable mask, but crucially a water-resistant product that would be effective year-round. The answer was the ‘Vietnamese Police Mask 19-5’.

We at OceanView PPE are proud to bring you the ‘Vietnamese Police Mask 19-5’ a new generation of mask and a key asset in Vietnam’s fight against CV19. The exact mask developed and worn by the Vietnamese police on the front line.

A new generation of protection

The ‘Vietnamese Police Mask 19-5’ went through a stringent development and testing process working with the Ministry of Health, ensuring it corresponded to all necessary conformity tests before being approved. This 3-layer mask is antibacterial and waterproof with a dust filter, whilst also being UV resistant.

Each mask is handmade with an advanced focus on comfort by master craftsmen and women doing their part in the effort to combat the virus.

Sustainable protection

The Vietnamese police mask is also designed to be washed a maximum of 30 times before being discarded. This makes it a major improvement on the previous generation of masks which must be disposed after each wear, with a maximum eight-hour ‘shelf-life’. The aim is to get the country back working safely and functioning with as little fear as possible. 

We realise the rate of global consumerism isn’t sustainable, both environmentally and economically. Whilst currently personal health is at the forefront of the nation’s minds, in recent years there has also been a huge global shift to an eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle.

This global health pandemic will, unquestionably, leave a lasting legacy, with a greater focus on investing in one’s health and wellbeing. Face masks will become the norm in places of work, travel, retail and education, allowing you to navigate life with greater protection for both you and those around you.

Global movement towards wearing face masks

The latest government advice is advising the use of masks to combat the pandemic but countries including Vietnam, China, Singapore and Hong Kong have always lived by this advice. Now Vietnam has made it law, anyone not wearing a mask will be fined.

Businesses will re-open and only the safest and innovative products will lead us into the new era of self-protection. The ‘Vietnamese Police Mask 19-5’ is the solution. A state-of-the-art mask that available today.

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