Razer refuses to claim Zephyr mask uses 'N95 grade' filters

Razer refuses to claim Zephyr mask uses N95 grade filters

Razer has removed any mention of its Zephyr and recently announced Zephyr Pro smart face masks incorporating “N95 level” filters from its website and other marketing materials. "The clothing is not a medical device by itself or is certified as an N95 mask," a Razer spokesman told Engadget. "To avoid any confusion, we are currently removing all 'N95 Grade Filter' references from our marketing material."

The company's website now states “Razer is not a certified N95 mask, medical device, breathing apparatus, surgical mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) and is not intended for use in medical or clinical conditions. ”After the change, Razer claims the Zephyr filters are 95 percent effective in filtering grains and 99 percent effective against bacteria.

The change comes after YouTuber Naomi Wu wrote a Twitter Scheme about weekend spending and publications such as PCMag drew attention to the Razer label. In November, Wu posted an extensive review and breakdown of the Razer Zephyr in which she described the company's marketing of the smart mask as "deceptive." Wu confirmed these claims after the company announced their new "Pro" version of the Zephyr at CES 2022.

As Wu states in the video, “N95” is an official certificate issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to inhalers that filter at least 95 percent of airborne particles. It is a designation that includes a whole mask, not just a part of it, and that outlines both appropriateness and filtration. Neither the Zephyr nor the Zephyr Pro are listed on the agency's website as a NIOSH - approved breathing apparatus.

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According to Wu, Razer made the change following pressure from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and NIOSH, a claim that the company strongly disputes. "Razer has not received any communication from outside agencies on the matter," said the company. in terms of mask certification as a whole. "

The turnaround time comes as public health officials in the U.S. and other countries have asked the public to wear surgical masks, N95 and KN95, as opposed to simple masks, to better protect themselves from the opposite. infectious omicron. The new coronavirus strain has pushed up COVID-19 cases all over the world, putting further pressure on already nearby hospital systems.

Updated 11/11/22 7:45 AM ET: This story was changed after publication to include a quote from Razer about its involvement with outside agencies and decisions that led to the changes on its website.

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