What is the Best Face Mask for Me?
As COVID-19 continues to infect individuals across the world, many people are asking what the best kind of face mask to wear is. We all have to go out into public sometimes, whether that is to go grocery shopping, get medicine, or get some exercise. Due to this, there is a much higher demand than average for facial coverings that will stop and prevent airborne droplet transmission around others. This is the primary way that the virus spreads, and it’s what makes getting together in large groups the most dangerous thing that anyone can do right now. Even when wearing masks, it’s essential to continue to practice social distancing as much as possible when out in public.
Are face masks worth it?
If you’re going out in public to shop or potentially be around others, face masks are a requirement, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry, even wearing a fashion face mask. Due to the transmission avenue of COVID-19, the single most effective thing we can do to keep it from spreading is to cover our nasal and oral areas when we are around other people in public. If you are the designated person in your family to get groceries and run errands, it is becoming more and more of a necessity for personal safety when going out and potentially being around those who will spread the virus.
CDC Guidelines on Who Should Not Wear a Mask
Even with the CDC recommendations, there is a cautionary list of demographics who should not wear masks unless professionally medically necessary:
- Persons with respiratory issues, underlying or pathologically present.
- Persons who have been recommended not to cover their faces by their physician.
- Infants under two years of age.
- Anyone who cannot or potentially cannot remove their mask without the help of another person.
Cloth Masks for Kids
Parents are naturally the most worried about their children spreading and catching the virus, cloth masks are essential for them. In a pinch, sheet masks can work in covering the nose and mouth of children, but be sure that they are still able to breathe effectively and remove it if needed. For children, comfort is a significant consideration.
Where To Buy Face masks?
It can prove challenging to find cloth masks during these trying times, but some retailers still have them in stock. As well as this, some companies are offering their homemade masks with logos or art on them to personalize your facial coverings. It’s always helpful to add a little flair as well as support a local business if you can.
If you don’t want to go out into public, you can try to order your masks online from reputable retailers who are still shipping during this time. This can also be the most effective way to get bulk orders or reusable or single-use masks if you want.
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Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) contains everything from gloves to face masks of all kinds, and each one is a tool for preventing the spread and transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Similar to a cold, this type of coronavirus is primarily spread through airborne droplets, which in turn are spread by those who don’t cover their cough, sneeze, or general exhalations. By staying closer to people, the rate of transmission is increased exponentially. By wearing a face mask that covers your nose and mouth, as well as staying away from others, we all stand a chance at lowering the rate of infection as not to overwhelm our medical centers entirely.
Making Your Cloth Mask
The CDC says that all homemade cloth coverings should adhere to a few rules in order to be worn most effectively.
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to the shape
There are also just a few materials that you’ll need to make your mask at home:
- Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
- Rubber bands (or hair ties)
- Scissors (if you are cutting your fabric)
There are plenty of tutorials online about how to make your mask using something simple like your t-shirt, so this is something to consider if finding store-bought masks is more difficult during this time.
How To Wear a Face Mask
Your woven cotton mask should be both comfortable and protective.
- Ensure that there are multiple or thicker layers as allowed by your level of comfort to most effectively minimize droplet transmission.
- The face mask is made of a material that you are not allergic to.
- Ensure that the mask covers the entire area of your nose and mouth area. The material shouldn’t be so thick that it is hard to breathe.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
All facial coverings should be natural to remove when needed, facial masks included. Typically, this is done by using the strings that cover the ears to lift the mask off your face gently. Be sure to put it somewhere where it can be cleaned effectively, and always wash your hands after directly handling any masks for yourself or others to stay hygienic after going out in public.
CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
The CDC does not recommend that people use N95 or surgical masks, and instead leave these to medical professionals who are definitively coming into contact with individuals who are positive for COVID-19. If you happen to have other medical-grade masks, consider donating them to your local hospital and creating or buying your masks.
What Else You Can Do
Outside of wearing practical facial coverings, it’s essential to continue to wash your hands and any “high use” surfaces like your fridge, front door, and possibly car doors when you get the chance. This will help to further reduce the rate of infectious agents in your living space, as well as give you the peace of mind in knowing that everything is clean and germ-free. By sticking to a cleaning routine that works for you, you can make these stay-at-home periods easier to bear for both yourself and others within your community, no matter where you live.