[SNEAK PEEK] My Exclusive Interview With the N95 Mask Inventor
There’s been a lot of misinformation in the press about COVID-19.
Specifically, about masks.
If you use social media, you’ve probably seen posts or images revealing the “truth” about mask wearing.
Or talking about the realities behind COVID-19 testing, infection rates or mortality statistics.
Often, cherry-picked stats and baseless claims support dubious conclusions.
Yes, that describes social media in a nutshell at any time, but the problem becomes one of literal life and death when we’re in the midst of a pandemic like we are now.
As investors, we have to fight misinformation and poor logic.
That’s why today I’m pleased to bring you a sneak-peek excerpt of my recent conversation with Dr. Peter Tsai, inventor of the N95 mask.
As you know, the N95 has emerged as a critical tool of personal protection for doctors, nurses, first responders, teachers, restaurant workers, delivery drivers… basically, the entire American population.
My conversation with Dr. Tsai was incredible, for several reasons. I’ll share more of our talk in the days ahead.
Today, I want to get highlights in front of you as fast as possible.
A True Expert in the Room
Dr. Tsai has 35 years’ experience in the fields of material sciences and virology. Having retired two years ago, he only recently came out of retirement to assist with mask development during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this week, he sat down with me to help explain exactly what the mask does, how it’s made and important data about what it can and can’t do.
Below is a small part of my conversation with him…
Dr. Tsai, how durable is this electrostatic effect? I mean, my personal example, back around 2014, I bought a box of 3M N95 masks. As you probably remember, a lot of people were worried about an Ebola outbreak at the time. They say Ebola was not airborne, but you never know. [Laughs.] New evidence could emerge. I did buy a box. This is about six years ago. Do they still retain this charge for this amount of time at ambient room temperature?
Dr. Peter Tsai:
Yes. If they were properly made, the charges should be there for a long time. You check the box. It has a warranty of shelf time. Usually, it says five years. But some of my customers say nine years. If it is not made properly in terms of material, process, charging — charging environment, everything — then the charges can go in a short time. So in that case, they cannot put five years or 10 years as a shelf time for warranty. OK? Because for N95, nine of us audited the quality, even in the market or on the shelf, so they have the technology to retain their charges… From my experience, I created the charge decay for 15 years. Then I formed it up even after 15 years. The charges are still there, and the efficiency is still there, higher than 95%.
As Dr. Tsai mentions, the N95 mask is a scientific marvel. Even after years of storage, they can still provide excellent protection.
Now, in the face of possible shortages and supply interruptions in the months ahead, Dr. Tsai is working on protocols for how to clean and possibly re-use N95s.
It’s fascinating, truly heroic and critically important work Dr. Tsai is doing.
And this was just a small portion of what we discussed.
Dr. Tsai also spoke about mask-wearing habits overall, the different materials available and what else people can do to protect themselves and their loved ones.
He even revealed one everyday material you can use to be able to dramatically increase the efficiency of the mask you wear.
In these uncertain times, it was a breath of fresh air to have everything laid out to see from a genuine, respected expert.
To a bright future,