It's been half a year since the coronavirus has paralyzed many countries, while most parts of the world are going through severe and mild lockdowns, researchers and scientists are yet unable to invent a drug for the respective virus's treatment.
However, certain measures are being followed around the world in order to be safe from the transmission of disease. Apart from the basics of being clean and neat; the use of face masks tops the precaution. But how to use the best face mask for virus protection is the million-dollar question that people want answers for.
There are a lot of guides and information for the general public to select and wear what's suitable for them. A brief look at what you need to know is gathered down below.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
There are three main types of masks to wear i.e. home-made cloth face masks, surgical masks, and N-95 respirator.
- Homemade cloth face mask
The homemade face mask is recommended to wear for when you're in a public place where it's difficult to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
- Surgical mask
Surgical masks are disposable, loose-fitting face masks that cover your nose, mouth, and chin. These are typically used to protect the wearer from sprays, splashes & large-particle droplets; moreover to prevent the transmission of potentially infectious respiratory secretions from the wearer to others.
- N-95 respirator
An N-95 respirator is a more tight-fitting face mask that can filter viruses & bacteria.
HOW SHOULD I WEAR?-TIPS TO REMEMBER!
STOCKED UP ON SURGICAL MASKS?
- If you're rooting for a surgical mask you should always clean your hands as your first step. Before putting the mask on, look for tears or holes on it then locate the metal strip to know the top of the mask. Avoid touching the front of the mask at all costs, because the surface could be contaminated from when you wear it.
- Once you're done using the mask, dispose of the mask right after in a closed garbage bin, and clean your hands afterward.
- You should only wear the surgical mask if you have symptoms of the disease since this would help prevent you from transmitting the particles in your environment, other than that the surgical mask doesn't really protect a healthy person from viruses to attack him.
SOME MORE GENERAL TIPS?
- If you're going to have a cloth face mask, make sure that the mask shall have multiple layers of fabric fitting comfortably but snugly, and that which do not lose their shape after being washed. When you go out, keep the mask on until you're back at home or away from a whole lot of people.
- You should always have it in mind that you cannot take the mask off, snack on chips, and put the mask on again. By doing this, there's a hundred percent chance that you are going to put whatever's on the mask into your mouth.
HOW DO I DUMP THE USED MASK?
- Take the mask off by untying the straps around your ears. Be sure not to touch your eyes, mouth, and nose meanwhile.
YOU BETTER WASH THAT CLOTH MASK!
- Instead of hand-washing your cloth face mask, a washing machine shall do a better job of sterilizing the masks.
While you're at home, not infected, it's better to leave high functioning masks i.e. N-95 for healthcare care workers and first responders. Since this respirator mask is hard to tackle because of tight-fitting and suffocating design, you might just over-conserve yourself-which is not too great if you want to build strong immunity.
Knowing what's best for you is also a genuine tip in order to keep yourself safe from the virus. Choose the best, stay home, stay safe!