Letter from Dr. Anil Simhadri, a loyal user of Totobobo mask since 2010

From Dr. Anil Simhadri, a cyclist commuter in London: “From my personal experience of using a mask over the last five or six years I would say is particularly effective at preventing infections such as flu and is very good at hayfever prevention and preventing dust from triggering my asthma.”

Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Buckingham Palace in London
Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Buckingham Palace in London

I was very happy to receive the first letter from Dr. Anil Simhadri back in 2010. He explained how Totobobo mask helped him to continue to cycle in London, dispite the traffic smog and his condition of asthma.
Recently I ask Dr. Simhadra about his long term experience and I was very gratefult to receive a very detail account of his expereince. I think this is very useful for new users as a reference of how Totobobo mask can be applied in different situation and for multiple purposes. Thanks Dr. Simhadri for the permission to publish the letter.

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From London, U.K. Novemebr 4th, 2016
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Dear Francis,

My situation is different because my lungs have always been quite weak. I had Whooping cough as a child and this had affected my lungs. Whooping cough can destroy the “cilia” or tiny hairs along the bronchus/brochioles and this can make it difficult to clear mucus. This means people like me are more prone to infections or flu or other respiratory tract infections.

As a child I used to get through a chest infection every winter. In addition to this I also suffer from hayfever and asthma. I knew when I saw your mask in 2009 that this concept was likely to be a success. Having tried previous masks I immediately knew when I tried your mask that this concept was likely to be a winner.

Currently I find your totobobo mask particularly useful for me for a number of situations:

1) Preventing flu: currently it is flu season in the UK and everyone on the underground seems to be coughing or sneezing. Since the underground is very congested I always use the mask during rush hour. During rush hour one can find yourself packed in like sardines and virtually kissing the other man or woman next to you. If they have the flu then your almost certain to get it unless you are wearing (totobobo) mask. I do remember on your website saying that even F92 filters prevent aerosol droplets from entering your lung. Best of all is to avoid the underground entirely and cycle instead. This way you eliminate the risk of contracting infection and also improve your aerobic lung capacity.

2) During hayfever season in the summer when the pollen count is high outside I get allergic sinusitis or rhinitis. Wearing the mask helps prevent this.

3) Preventing transmission – When I do have a cold like last month I always wore the mask when I was handling my young son who is 6 months oldnas I did not want him to catch anything from me. So this mask help prevent transmission of infection to other family members.

4) When doing spring cleaning the house is very dusty. Since dust mites can worsen my asthma.

Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Birmingham Palace in London
Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Buckingham Palace in London.

5) When cycling to avoid air-pollution from trickling triggering my asthma. .
Overall for me the mask has been very useful because whooping cough has left me with a weak lung which meant I was much more prone to chest infections. Secondly I have a lot of allergy problems with hayfever , asthma and dust mite allergy.

From my personal experience of using a mask over the last five or six years I would say is particularly effective at preventing infections such as flu and is very good at hayfever prevention and preventing dust from triggering my asthma.If I am in a dusty environment for let’s say 20 minutes I will start to get wheezing and one can hear this on my chest if one listens with a stethoscope.If I then put on the Totobobo mask and stay there for another half an hour in the dusty environment my wheezing will disappear by about 60/70%. So clinically thats a 70% improvement in breathing after wearing the mask for half an hour. Similarly with hayfever. With preventing infections it is difficult to prove.

When I go to India the problems are even worse because pollution there is about five times more than it is here in the UK. For me the Totobobo is a real lifesaver in the dusty polluted environments of Mumbai or Delhi in India. Thanks for all your help.

Regards,

Anil Simhadri
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Totobobo Masks Protect From Pollution in Festival of Diwali

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Air Pollution Level Skyrocket in India during Diwali
Diwali, the festival of lights is one of the biggest festivals in India. This festival which signifies the homecoming of Lord Rama, is an occasion of celebration and opulence. Traditionally, the festival is celebrated by decorating one’s home with lights and confetti and by bursting all kinds of firecrackers. Fun and games apart, fireworks lead to an unimaginable increase in the level of air pollutants.
Anyone who has been to India, and to Delhi in particular, during Diwali would definitely mention how polluted the air gets. According to a report in newspaper, The Hindu, in 2015, on Diwali the levels of harmful PM2.5 as measured by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee were 985 microgrammes per cubic metre at 9.20 pm on Diwali night in a certain location, as against the World Health Organisation’s safe standard of 60. This was twice as high as the PM2.5 levels in September 2015 in Singapore which forced school closures and the relocation of outdoor and sporting events.

A Toxic Concoction of Pollutants
A 2014 study by the Indian Environment Portal on the effects of firecrackers on air quality found that very high levels of PM10 and PM2.5 as well as gaseous pollutants like SO2 and NO2 are present in the air during Diwali. Firecrackers contain salts of aluminum, arsenic, sulphur, manganese, iron dust etc that are released in the atmosphere.
Inhalation of smoke of firecrackers is very harmful not just to the asthmatic and the elderly but also to health human beings and can cause cough, fever and can also cause acute eosinophillic pneumonia. Fine particles such as PM2.5 are particularly harmful to humans as they get into the respiratory system and trigger asthmatic attacks and even cause permanent damage. The chemicals found in the firecrackers are harmful if inhaled. Antimony sulphide that is added to produce glitter effect is toxic and a possible carcinogen. You can check out the complete list of pollutants and their effects on Table 6 in the report mentioned above.

Diwali firework contains a lot of air pollution
Diwali firework contains a lot of air pollution

Totobobo Masks with F94 filters suitable for Diwali
A study regarding the specifications of different anti pollution masks available in the Indian market recommended Totobobo masks for protection from most pollutants during Diwali. The pollutants emitted during the festival were compared to what the anti pollution mask was capable of filtered and it was found out that the F94 filters were sufficient to cut down most of the PM2.5 particles.
It is important to know that a mask needs to be used correctly if it is to provide any protection from pollutants. For example if the seal between the mask and the nose and mouth is not secure, then the mask is useless. Totobobo masks have a seal check feature where a poor seal can be easily detected and the mask can even be moulded to improve the seal using hot water. Anti pollution masks should also be regularly replaced as their performance drops with us. Totobobo masks have a filter life check which makes it easy to know when the filter needs to be replaced.

These features make totobobo masks suitable for high pollution conditions similar to the ones experienced during Diwali, the festival of lights.
If you are in India, you can buy Totobobo masks by calling Mr Roopak directly on his mobile number 9871166668.

All respiratory masks suck. Except for this one

By Ian Chow / 2013-11-13
Source: Explorations

I’m not a man to give reviews very easily, unless it was bad… or spectacularly amazing. And this one is it, amazing. I’m talking about the Totobobo Mask, of course.

After a few years of use, it was about time I had written something more significant.

My Criterias: Light, Not hot, breathes easy, and non invasive
When I was still working in South Korea, spring time was also a time for a phenomenon called “Yellow Dust“. Fine particles of sand specs picks up from the Gobi desert, collects air pollution as it travels through China and then dumps it in Korea. This can also last throughout the summer. Needless to say, I got sick a lot during the spring. Finally, I had enough and decided to look for a good mask. My criteria was that 1) Was light 2) Not hot 3) Breathes really easily 4) Non-invasive

Climbing with Totobobo mask
Climbing with Totobobo mask

You can rock climb with it!
After searching awhile online, reading reviews, I found that most other masks were lacking in atleast one of these criterias. Some were made of neoprene, some were “good” but once the filter goes on, it’s very hard to breath, and some were just a huge thing in your face. Just as I was about to give up, I found Totobobo Mask.

They matched all my criteria.

Light
This mask is incredibly light. You can even mash it up, fold it in your pocket and carry it around with you. No harm will come to this mask.

Not hot
Despite scorching 36 degrees and 110% humidity, the mask doesn’t make it any hotter when you breath into it. Ok, a little bit, but despite that I’m a sweaty guy, (I use a sweat band that channels sweat instead of a sweat absorber in high cardio exercises in the summer) the mask doesn’t really make that much of a difference.

Breathes Easy
Yeah, as I said, I do lots of sports outdoors. And so breathing hard into this mask is no problem. The air flow doesn’t really slow down. It does a bit, but not that significant.

Non-invasive
Once I got it, I started wearing it riding my bike to work. And wouldn’t you know, I didn’t sound like someone who had been smoking for 10 years and you can see the physical debris of dirt that gets caught up in the filters. Not only do I ride my bike with it to work, I also rock climbed with it. It never got in the way.

After using it for biking and rock climbing, I had brought it to India and Nepal. Even just sitting in the rickshaws in Nepal for 20 minutes, I had realized my mask is completely filthy and needed a filter change. With good foresight, I had bought a lot of filters.

Some other cool features?

30 minutes in a can in Kathmandu, Nepal
30 minutes in a can in Kathmandu, Nepal

Filters
How good are these filters? Well, if you don’t know what N95 is, that is pretty much the standard for “The American National Standard for Air Purifying Respiratory”. This means it filters out practically every airborne pollution, which refers to 95% of the pollution. Also, I ended up getting N96 filters too!

Changeable filters, renewable everything! Less waste!
Unlike other masks where you have to throw out the entire thing and get a new one, Totobobo only throws out the filters. This produces a lot less garbage and being environmentally aware, I feel a lot less guilty doing this. To be honest, I didn’t think this was a thing I’d really like about it, but it has grown on me. Recently doing lots of construction work, I’ve been throwing out and purchasing a lot more face masks than I feel was necessary. This changed everything

In a nutshell
Get it. My lungs and health significantly got better, you can see the pollution being filtered out, it’s not invasive, not hot, light, easy to wear and reusable. There are so many pro’s about this one filter! I’m very happy with it and you should totally get one, by clicking right here!

 

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Singapore Reusable Mask Hits 35 Countries

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The TOTOBOBO Mask from the tiny red dot has officially become a worldwide phenomenon, providing respiratory protection to customers from 35 countries.

On February 14, 2010, the protective mask produced in Singapore has been sold in a whopping thirty-five countries worldwide. Since its inception in 2008, the company has expanded operations significantly, reaching this critical milestone just on the Valentine day. Customers across five continents, from Canada to New Zealand, have found the TOTOBOBO mask the best valued on the market.

Strong demand for the TOTOBOBO mask came from regular travelers in polluted cities and users with allergic rhinitis who want to avoid hay fever or other airborne allergens, as well as specialist users like cyclists and motorcyclists, woodworkers, artists and artisans, and parents concerned with their childrens health.

Customers worldwide are drawn to theappealing high-tech features found in the TOTOBOBO mask. The highly efficient filters, capable of keeping out all but a tiny fraction of particles smaller than .5 microns, provide unparalleled protection and breathing freedom.Replacement filters cost less than 1 dollar, by far the most economic replacement filter in the market, offers economy and convenience to a wide range of consumers.

Flags of the 35 countries

AustraliaAustriabelgiumcanadachina
finlandfrancegermanygreeceguatemala
hong_kongindiaindonesiairanisrael

italylithuaniamaltamexicomongolia

new_zealandnorwaypolandrussian_federationsingapore

south_africasouth_koreaspainswedentaiwan

thailandunited_kingdomunited_statesvietnamnetherlands

The comfortable fit of TOTOBOBO masks is unchallenged. The masks flexible design allows customization to fit the face as it should. The Visual-Seal-Check ensures a good respiratory seal that can not be matched by other masks. Users can check the seal through the transparent mask to make sure it works properly, making the VSC system more reliable than the alternative. Adriana Meiss of Syracuse, NY, commends the simplicity and efficiency of the TOTOBOBO mask, saying: This is the only mask Ive been able to get used to. I trim it smaller to produce a good seal. When it comes to breathability, Don, a pastel artist, says there seemed to be more air coming through the TOTOBOBO mask than the previous mask [3M 8210] I have been using.

Satisfied customers from around the world have sung the praises of the TOTOBOBO mask. Debbie Witter of freehelpforcancer.com wrote
Totobobo mask is the ONLY mask that fits the way a mask should. It is also the most economical product on the market. The other masks are hot, poorly fitted and have to be replaced repeatedly. I love your product and keep one of the masks in my purse, in case it is needed for [my daughter] Kayla. I am never without it.

Vasu Mishra of Bangalore, India
Vasu Mishra from Bangalor, India was so pleased with Totobobo mask and end up selling the mask in his bicycle blog shop : BumsOnTheSaddle.

Kayla from USA
Debbie Witte from USA, found Totobobo mask during her search for a better protective mask for her daughter, Kayla, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2008.

Mother and child from Mongolia wearing Totobobo mask
Mother and child showing off their new Totobobo mask, a critical defence against sand storm in the street of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

To cater for growing demand, folks in TOTOBOBO anticipate the introduction of a new anti-pollution mouth mask for cyclist and motorcyclist alike. This new product will be the first of many new designs to diversify applicability and expand protective mask usage to a greater market sector.
TOTOBOBO has made commendable advances since its commencement two years ago. With a expanding user base covering 35 countries, Totobobo mask is set for a faster growth in the coming few years.

The list of the 35countries:
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
China
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Iran
Israel
Italy
Lithuania
Malta
Mexico
Mongolia
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Russia
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Taiwan
Thailand
United Kingdom
United States
Vietnam

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India H1N1 flu (Swine flu) increase demand of Totobobo mask

We’ve got tips from our India connection 3 days ago about the Swine flu (H1N1) outbreak in Pune.
“The swine flu made its entry India in Pune. Its only a matter of time before it surfaces in rest of the country. I foresee a huge need for Totobobo masks in India.” Our connection mentioned in one of his email.

Spike started on 2009-08-10
Spike started on 2009-08-10

This statement is also confirmed by visitor’s comments and the spike of demand from India over the last couple of days. We want to make it easy for India customers to obtain Totobobo mask for their protection, especially for children. We geared up our offer. The special offer at the end of this post is only available to customers ordering from India.

Note:
Totobobo mask now comes with 96% filter for better protection

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Singapore mask hits 20th country

Sunday, March 08, 2009, is not only the International Women’s day, it is also a new milestone for Totobobo mask-the Singapore designed and produced respirator mask has been sold to 20 countries across Asia, Europe and America!

The milestone order was received from Israel at 3:23am in the morning.

I am surprised that my order makes Israel a new country for the Totobobo mask to reach, because cycling is becoming quite popular here. I reckon that I will be the first of many others, once they see me with your mask. said Ralph Dobrin in an email. Jerusalem, where I live, has quite a lot of vehicular pollution. I use a bicycle as transportation. Surprisingly none of the dozen bicycle shops here stock masks. So, I surf the net, and Totobobo mask seemed the wisest choice in every way.

Recent visitors of Totobobo mask
Recent visitors of Totobobo mask

While the total volume is still small, the trend is very promising. said Sharon Li, the managing director. Over the past 12 months, our monthly website traffic has increased by 300% and more importantly our monthly sale has expanded by 500%! More and more new customers are referred by their friends and relatives.

The key applications of this 100g ultra lightweight reusable mask include cycling (+motorcycle) wood turning, as well as allergens & flu prevention.

Most wood turners and cyclists are impressed by the ease of use, wearing comfort and the effectiveness of the filters:

“The Totobobo mask is so easy to wear and comfortable that I forget I am wearing the mask. It is absolutely incredible how much dust particles the filters will pick up. I think it is the best thing you can use to protect your lungs.” said Bob Edwards from Texas, who is an experienced wood turners and demonstrator at SWAT.

Other users, especially parents, appreciate the ease of customizing the mask for their children as well as the simple fit-check through the transparent body.

My wife trims the Totobobo mask to fit our son. I could not find any other mask that would fit him. He wears it regularly when the weather is dry and dust and pollution increases. Said Thomas Eric Johnson PhD – Thailand, Bangkok.

The Singapore invention was triggered by the SARS in 2003 when the inventor, Chu Wa was looking for a fitting mask to protect his sons.

The recent cases of human bird-flu in Turkey also raised some concerns early this year. Because once a flu pandemic emerges, it will take at least 3 month to start work on a vaccine. Similarly, it takes time to develop and test a mask that can fit many people with different face shapes and sizes. I trust when the next flu pandemic hits, Totobobo mask will be ready to help protect people, especially children said Chu Wa.

BBC News: Global impact of bird flu
BBC News: Global impact of bird flu

The 20 countries where Totobobo mask has reached so far includes:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, India, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Malta, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA.

Contact for media release: pr @ dreamlab1 . com

Contact for distributor enquiry: totobobomask @ gmail . com

The Bangalore test

“Rohan is glad that the dirt is collected on the filter, not in his lung.”

used filter (200km) vs new

Used filter (200km) vs new

Rohan Kini, an online bicycle shop owner in Bangalore, India, was testing a new pollution mask. After 200 km of bicycling in the city, he was very impressed with the performance of a new mask call TOTOBOBO from Singapore and decided to carry it in his shop.

The air pollution in London is nowhere near Bangalore standards. However, riding in heavy traffic can damage the respiratory system. The question is: How does one know if a pollution mask is needed or not?

The latest TOTOBOBO mask won’t be able to tell that in advance. But you can be pretty sure when it does the job – simply by checking out the color of the filters. The filter will turn into a distinguish dirty gray to signal that it’s time to change the filters.

The mask is ergonomically designed to fit the majority of faces, from adult down to children of age 5! The secret is in a world’s first “customizable” feature which allows you to trim the mask smaller if it is too big for you.

This reusable, flat folding little gadget may just be the right thing to keep in your pocket when you brave the urban traffic.

more:� BumOnTheSaddle

PS. Totobobo filter uses special electro-static charge to collect even sub-micron dust.

 

TOTOBOBO and cycling

Mohit recommends Totobobo mask

What are cyclists looking for in a pollution mask?
We have put special consideration to a number of applications when designing TOTOBOBO mask. Following are the list for cyclists.

Mohit from India recommends Totobobo mask. His has been using his trusty Totobobo mask for the last 10 years!
Thank you Mohit!