Razer has deleted any of its references Zephyr and recently announced Zephyr Pro Smart eye masks combined with “N95-grade” filters on its page and other advertising tools. “Clothing alone is not a medical or legal device like the N95 mask,” a Razer spokesman told Engadget. “To avoid any confusion, we are in the process of removing the ‘N95 Grade Filter’ statement from our advertisements.”
The company’s website now states that “Razer Zephyr is not a legal N95 mask, medical device, respirator, surgical or protective protective device (PPE) and should not be used in medical or clinical settings.” Following this change, Razer claims that Zephyr’s filters are 95 percent effective in filtering microbes and 99 percent effective against bacteria. The company told Engadget to also notify Zephyr’s owners of the tweak.
The change comes after YouTuber Naomi Wu wrote a Twitter ulusi of weekend wear and publications such as PCMag showed interest in Razer’s writings. In November, Wu posted a great comment and the downfall of Razer Zephyr in which he said the company’s advertising of the smart mask was “deceptive.” Wu reiterated the company’s announcement of Zephyr’s new “Pro” at CES 2022.
As Wu points out in the video, “N95” is a valid license issued by a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) respirators that filter at least 95 percent of carbon dioxide. It is a name that affects the entire mask, not just the part, and describes all the necessary and filtered. No Zephyr or Zephyr Pro were listed on the board website as a NIOSH-approved respite.
According to Wu, Razer changed this following pressure from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and NIOSH, which the company opposes. “This information is from Razer only and not from an outside group,” the company told Engadget.
A turning point is coming as health officials in the US and other countries have urged people to wear surgery, N95 and KN95 masks, as opposed to a simple mask, to protect themselves from the infectious species of omicron. A new coronavirus virus has sent cases of COVID-19 to the rest of the world, adding to the pressure on hospitals that are on the verge of extinction.
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