No, perhaps the anti Covid masks will not disappear from our lives ‘overwhelmed’ by vaccines. These devices that we have learned to wear, and even to hate, “are proving strategic against respiratory diseases caused by pollution, infections that are caught in hospitals or the influences to which commuters are so subject in crowded regional trains or in metro “and, in fact,” a new slice of the market is already emerging “. To anticipate an unprecedented scenario at Adnkronos and a new one on the legacy of the pandemic is Pier Paolo Zani, CEO of Bls, the Cormano-based company that took to the forefront in 2020 because it has specialized in the production of masks and devices for 50 years. respiratory protection. “Like the helmet and the seat belt, after the Covid-19 emergency the masks will remain in our daily life as protective devices” because net of the cultural change that has produced, the pandemic “has accelerated the maturation of the importance of protecting the respiratory tract not only from viruses and bacteria, but also from pollutants such as smog and pollen “and is proving to be a useful companion” for allergy sufferers “observes the manager. The entrepreneur stresses that the widespread use of masks is having as a consequence “a net decrease in the risks associated with the incidence of other respiratory or viral diseases”, especially “when you go to hospital where many diseases are caused precisely by promiscuity”. Moreover, he adds, “the same reports and data released every week by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, show how the 2020-2021 season has so far been characterized by the almost total absence of influenza viruses on the national territory, precisely as a result of the various measures of prevention adopted to stem the emergency due to Covid-19.Pm10 and Pm2.5 ‘invisible killers’, each year in Italy alone cause about 66,000 premature deaths. it is showing its ability to protect against PM10 and PM2.5 particles “, the ‘invisible killers’ that cause about 66,000 premature deaths every year in Italy alone.” Today, breathing is no longer an action taken for granted “, Zani says.” Yeah. before Covid – he reports – we had set up a market analysis on the use of masks. For example, when you enter an emergency room there is a risk and we already perceive from the healthcare world an attention to the decrease in hospital infections thanks to the use of masks “.” I think no one today wants to imagine shortly continuing to use masks when the pandemic will be defeated, but there are so many asthmatic, allergic or forced to commute that the culture of protecting our health is changing “and” we see that people are also becoming aware of the issue of pollution: we only think about who goes for a run every morning in the streets of big cities “he adds. In short, Zani is convinced that” the health emergency has made us discover how essential protecting the respiratory tract is: exactly how to wear a seat belt in the car or helmet when riding a motorbike “. This change” we have also experienced in a certain way at Bls: from a ‘niche’ company, we have found ourselves at the center of a production system. supply of essential goods for the protection of people’s health. Our products have always been mainly dedicated to industry and export “now” the emergency has confronted us with the problem of whether to satisfy the demand of established customers or to review production, to meet the internal demand of hospitals, protection “The reliability of the product and avoiding other scandals are fundamental, but the Mise is watching over” “Going back to our mission, that of protecting people and doing it well, we were able – explains Zani – to find a balance, to redesign the production process, make new investments and bring the company to maximum production capacity. At the same time, the concept of our supply chain has changed: we have moved from the mask product to the airway protection device “. Thus,” thanks to machinery designed and engineered internally and the synergies promoted with universities and market partners, we have managed to make our production is always competitive, even compared to China, without increasing the prices of masks and supplying hospitals, RSA and law enforcement “. Now, however, Zani urges,” it is essential to reiterate the need for companies, institutions and states to put first given the quality of the products: the mask is a Dpi at risk of life, you must choose certified products that ensure quality, traceability and reliability of the supplier “and” the Mise took the field very determined not to repeat the scandals of last season on fake masks “In short, the entrepreneur finally recalls,” there are still too many cases of masks seized in Italy. State and companies must equip themselves with product performance control systems: wearing masks that do not guarantee protection risks creating a dramatic placebo effect and increasing the risk of contagion. “To create a Dpi, such as the Ffp2 and Ffp3 masks, the entrepreneur explains that “technologies, machinery, control of the production process, quality materials that meet two fundamental requirements are essential: filtration and respiratory resistance”. Companies that produce Dpi, “should be able to guarantee control of the entire production process and comply with the requirements of the EU Regulation 2016/425 at every stage, which represents a set of ‘rules’ to which – finally warns Zani-Le Masks, the Dpi must submit, under penalty of rejection of the concession of the CE mark ” .