Science tells us that traditional coronaviruses are all around us in the form of seasonal, viral colds. COVID-19 has proven to be a different monster altogether, with no current cure but a vaccine in the works, everyone seems to have had to change their daily routines, whether at work or home. Governments have set up legislative orders to stay and work from home. As well as this, we have to adhere to a six-foot minimum social distancing requirement when we do decide to go out into public, which can still put us at risk for contracting it.
Face masks of all types work to prevent the spread and transmission of the virus when we’re out in public. The CDC recommends that everyone wear medical face masks when out in public or around strangers. Since COVID-19 spreads most easily through airborne droplets, every time we cough, sneeze or exhale, there is a potential for infection. This is the main reason why large gatherings have been banned, as many people so close together will only make things worse.
Do face masks do anything?
Some people might think that wearing face masks doesn’t stop the virus from spreading, and they’re 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 COVID-19, close proximity paired with coughing and sneezing proves to be the most significant risk. When we’re out grocery shopping, we might have to reach over and around people to achieve something, and this means that we’re taking breaths around them. These droplets are invisible to the naked eye, and cloth masks prevent a vast majority of these droplets from getting out into the open air the closer we are to people.
What is a good face mask?
Pretty much any covering will be better than nothing in keeping you safe, but it’s essential to know a few things before going out in public. Any good face mask will cover both the upper and lower parts of your face, including the nose and mouth area, while also letting you breathe normally. The fit should be snug but not too tight, and you should be able to wear it comfortably for the duration in which you decide to use it.
Whether they’re fabric or cloth face masks, both do a great job of keeping you comfortable as well as safe from potential exposure or transmission. The CDC even has instructions on how to make your masks from clothing like t-shirts. The main thing to remember is that you’re able to wear the mask for however long you need to, as well as be able to take it off without potentially contaminating other areas of your face that can have germs.
Can you reuse face masks?
If you wear a reusable mask, there should be a way to clean or sterilize it effectively. If you have a cloth mask, it’s as simple as throwing it the washer with a load of clothes after use. Obviously, the more you use your mask, the more you will need to ensure that it’s clean. Dirt, oil, grime and germs will accumulate the more often you go out in public, so treat your mask like something that can potentially carry these contagions into your home.
N95 masks and other surgical masks should be reserved for medical professionals, as they are not reusable and are the only option for those who are on the front lines and interacting with individuals who have been definitively diagnosed with COVID-19. If you have these masks or extras, donate them to your local medical provider to make their jobs more comfortable, and consider purchasing a reusable mask or making your own at home.
What is level1 mask?
Level 1 masks are a single-use, procedural medical mask that is used by medical professionals in hospital settings. Primarily, they are to prevent transmission of patient bodily fluids such as saliva or blood. While efficient at keeping people safe from low-level exposure, it is still recommended to find or create a reusable mask for yourself and your family during this time. Level 1 masks may also not be as efficient as other types, as they tend only to have frontal protection and not fit as snugly as other, more custom facial coverings.
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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Do masks prevent getting sick?
The CDC recommends that you wear a mask any time there is a chance of COVID-19 transmission or a heightened chance of community-driven transmission in high traffic, metropolitan areas. Naturally, the more people you are around, the higher the risks. Wearing a mask helps to prevent airborne transmission of the virus by keeping our coughs and sneezes contained within the cloth we’re wearing.
Should I wear a surgical mask?
If you already have surgical masks, consider trading them into your local medical professionals and getting reusable masks that you can clean and only use when you need them, instead of having to dispose of them each time you go out. Naturally, sterile mask solutions are better reserved for those who are already working on the front lines in hospitals, where masks can be appropriately disposed of and not carry germs for extended periods.
On top of wearing a mask while out in public, be sure to follow other CDC recommended hygienic practices such as washing your hands and any “high use” surfaces like your counters and fridge. While there is a lower rate of surface transmission for COVID-19 than airborne, close contact, there is still a recommendation to keep private spaces clean and as free of germs as possible. By keeping your house in order, we can all work towards a future where having to wear these cloth masks is a thing of the past.