Tightly woven fabric face masks work to prevent the spread and transmission of the virus when we’re out in public. The CDC recommends that everyone wear one when out in public or around strangers. Since some virus strains can spread easily through airborne droplets, every time we cough, sneeze or exhale there is a potential for infection. This is the main reason why social distancing has been implemented, as many people so close together will only make things worse.
Are Face Masks in Style?
Although it may be a trend that has been brought in by necessity, we do see that Fashionable Face Masks are on-trend right now in New York. We all want a little style with our prevention, and our artists have realized that these medical masks can make a great canvas for their artwork.
100% of the profits will go towards buying gloves for front line workers.
Where Can I Buy Face Masks in New York?
At Chronic Ink Tattoo – With Studios in Toronto and Vancouver – our artists wanted to produce cloth face masks that you would be proud to wear when you have to go outside. Featuring one of a kind art our Chronic Ink washable and reuseable surgical style face masks will help you to protect your nose and mouth area from exposure to unwanted contaminants. Our masks are available online with fast shipping in both adult sizes as well as sizing specifically for kids’ face masks.
How Often Should Reusable Face Mask be Washed?
Ideally, your face mask will be washed each time it is worn outside. Doing this will ensure that it is clean every time you place it on your face as particles and debris may linger on the fabric if it is not cleaned.
Will Wearing a Face Mask Protect Me?
Some people think that wearing a mask will not stop a virus from spreading, They are partially correct. However, we all still wear seatbelts when getting in a car just in case we get in an accident, even if we’ve never been in one. The same logic exists for wearing a face mask.
Due to the airborne transmission of specific virus strains, close proximity paired with coughing and sneezing proves to be the biggest risk. When we’re out in new york city at our local grocery stores, we might have to reach over and around people to reach something. This means that we are breathing around them. Both inhaling and exhaling droplets from ourselves and others. These droplets are invisible to the naked eye, and cloth face masks can prevent a large majority of these droplets from getting out into the open air or into our system, the closer we are to people.
Wearing a fabric face mask will help slow the spread in the state of New York.
Should My Child Wear a Face Mask?
A majority of COVID-19 cases are spread through direct or indirect contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, primarily spittle and droplets present whenever you exhale. Due to this, large group gatherings are the primary way the virus can spread among demographics easily and quickly.
Children tend to have less of a grasp on personal space, as well as the tendency to forget to cover their mouths while coughing or sneezing. Cloth or cotton fabric masks for children that fit snugly will keep droplets away from others and help prevent rapid viral spread.
How To Wear a Cloth Face Covering?
- It should fit snugly to your face, but still, be comfortable
- It should be secured to your face with ear straps
- It should include multiple layers of fabric for protection and filtration
- It should not restrict your breathing at all
- Always remember to launder your mask after use so that it remains clean. Using a disinfecting cycle is recommended if possible.
How To Put on a Cloth Face Mask?
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face or mask.
- Remove your mask from its packaging and inspect it for any rips, tears, or holes that may affect the ability to protect you.
- Holding the mask by the ear loops, place the earloops behind your ears.
- Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin, ensuring the mask is fully covering your nose and mouth area.
How To Remove a Cloth Face Mask?
- Rember, just like putting the mask on, you should always wash your hands with soap and water before removing your mask as you may touch your face.
- Hold both ear loops and remove the loops from behind your ears.
- If you have disposable masks throw them in the garbage, if your mask is reusable, put it in the laundry to be cleaned.
- After removing your mask, please remember to re-wash your hands with soap and water.
Who Should Not Wear a Face Mask
The CDC recommends that certain demographics of individuals avoid wearing cloth masks if at all possible. If this is the case, it is best to practice social distancing routines instead of going outside where there can potentially be more people gathered.
- Masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2 in order to prevent potential suffocation or smothering, even when attended by an adult.
- Anyone who cannot remove their mask without assistance from another person.
- Anyone with respiratory issues, trouble breathing, and medical problems that make wearing cloth face masks uncomfortable or potentially hazardous.
The New York Times also recommends that surgical face masks be reserved for professional health care workers who frequently come into contact with individuals carrying or exposed to the virus in hospital settings. This is to prevent shortages or single-use equipment as well as creating a surplus of personal protective equipment that will be used to save lives.
What Else You Can Do
Outside of wearing effective facial coverings, it’s important 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.