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    • I’ve personally purchased several of them as gifts for friends and family in flu season. What’s the best way to use a Scough to stay healthy during those tricky winter months?

    • So one, give it to people that are sick, and ask them to wear it. And also when you’re around sick people, you can wear yours, even if they aren’t wearing one. For flu and things, it helps when you’re in a crowded space, but if there are days with a heavy pollen count or particular matter pollution, then it’s a good idea to wear it when you’re outside.

    • There are several bikers and bicyclists in the images on your website. How do Scoughs help with outdoor activities in pollution-heavy cities?

    • So Scoughs for biking are popular because bicyclists are exposed to a lot of auto exhaust. Dust, smog, pollen if you have allergies - when you’re biking, you’re exposed to all of it. I think that’s why Scoughs are popular with bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts. 

    • As far as those with compromised immune systems, I’m sure they find Scough to be a game-changer. Could you share with us some stories of how people have used Scoughs when they’re dealing with a health challenge?

    • We get a lot of nice mail from people who have doctors who suggested they protect themselves when they go outside, but they don’t want to wear an ugly mask, so this gives them the confidence or freedom they are regular. So that’s a nice heartwarming thought. It’s a way to be immunocompromised and participate, spend more time outside. We get folks who feel like it’s changed their lives, which is a nice thought. I’ve heard from people getting chemotherapy, anyone who is immunosuppressed. For us, we want people to ask their doctors what the best course of treatment is for them, because everyone’s medical needs are different. But we’re glad when doctors recommend us. We do get nice notes from folks whose physicians recommended Scoughs to them. 

    • Good question. We’re trying to get more regular about it - I think quarterly is our plan. Things happen outside of our control, and then stuff goes out of stock quickly, like when there’s a warm weather incident like the wildfires last year, we ran out of bandanas. We will be introducing more regular styles on the quarter. We made some upgrades in some of the design features of the construction, which we thought were important just for comfort and wearability. So we’re slowly getting a groove on production. It’s been challenging, because demand is so spiky, with incidents that are happening with more frequency - crazy weather that causes particulate pollution, like the wildfires, were impossible to predict. We’re a small team with R&D trying to do our best!

    • Ooo, good question. It is just the beginning. We think there are a lot of interesting products in the space - there’s an element of mindfulness that you’re remembering to take care of yourself and others when you wear a product like the Scough. I’m super-into meditation, and I think wearing a Scough is a part of a suite of products that remind you to breathe mindfully, breathe mindfully, think about where and what you’re doing, protecting the people around you, and taking care of yourself. 

    • Well, one of our product designers has a big beard, and one of the reasons we changed some of the design from V1 was to accommodate people with different headshapes and beards. So I think you should give it a whirl, and if you have issues, send me a note. But we tried really hard to accommodate people with beards.

    • Mmm! So we do have some lighter-weight ones. Usually people opt for the bandana, as it's less material. We're working on designs balancing the lightness of the material but also being sturdy enough to hold the filter in place. We have some lighter weight fabrics on the way, but the bandana is a good choice for summer.