Surgical masks and Surgical Respirators are protective medical devices that can be used to protect its wearer from small particles that are airborne from their face and airways.
What are the different types of Face Masks?
- Surgical Masks
- Surgical Masks are disposable, loose-fitting pieces of personal protective equipment that help protect the wearer from contaminants in their environment. The mask creates a barrier for the wearer’s mouth and nose, protecting them from exposure to certain airborne particles. Surgical mask, if worn properly, will keep larger particles that can contain germs from reaching the protected area. By design, surgical masks are not meant to be used more than once and once damaged or soiled should be disposed of.
- Unlike the masks described above. Respirators are designed to achieve a very close fit to the wearer’s faces. On top of this, they provide a much more efficient means of filtration from airborne particles, body fluids and other infectious agents. Edges of the respirator often form a seal around the user’s nose and mouth area. These devices are commonly used by health care workers for respiratory protection when properly fitted. When used properly Respirators are much better than a Surgical style mask, but they do not eliminate any possible risk. Please note, not everyone may be able to wear a respirator due to medical conditions that may be made worse when breathing through the device.
Why Is There Currently a Shortage of Surgical Masks?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people around the world have been using Surgical Masks and Respirators for filtration. The masks help protect the wears from airborne particles and viruses that may be transferred, aiding in infection control. Some people will say that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC – do not recommend that the general public wears these items at this time, but the general consensus amongst the users is that they are doing the best to protect themselves and their families.
During times like these, daily usage rates skyrocket and factories have a hard time keeping up with the demand. Believe it or not, surgical masks and respirators are very hard to make. Although many factories around the world are being re-tooled the help keep up with the demand, it’s still hard to meet the daily requirements.
How to Put on and Remove a Surgical Face Mask?
Disposable surgical face masks should only be used once and then thrown in the trash. These masks should also be disposed of once they’ve become moist.
How to put on a 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 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.
- Throw the mask into the garbage
- After removing your mask, please remember to re-wash your hands with soap and water.