Masks have become one of the most efficient tools to fight against Covid-19. There are different types of masks that are available in the market, but not every one of them will be efficient against the deadly virus.
Selecting a random mask just to prevent censure from the authorities isn’t the right way to go as you are putting your health at risk. Sporting a regular face mask will not protect you from the virus. Here are the different types of mask that you can use.
Also referred to as medical masks, these are disposable and are only for one-time use. It protects the nose or mouth from coming in contact with germ-carrying droplets. They filter out large particles in the air and ensure that the droplets from the person who wears them don't spread them to anyone else.
They provide a huge degree of protection because it helps you filter out both large and small particles. The N95 name stands for the fact that it blocks 95% of the particles which come into contact with your face.
Masks that are made of cloth or fabrics reduces the spreading of the virus by not letting the droplets enter. The wearer should ensure that they don’t touch the mask. If they do, then make it a point to sanitize one’s hands afterwards.
Note: During the initial days, masks with valves were considered as a protection against the virus, but it has been banned of late. "This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others," the CDC says. While it protects the wearer, it does not do a good job of protecting others as the valve is one-way.
Pointers to keep in mind:
1. The masks that you choose should have at least two or more layers of washable and breathable fabric.
2. Make sure that it completely covers your nose and mouth.
3. It should fit against the sides of your face and not let any droplets inside.
4. Do not choose masks that have valves.
5. Do not put masks on children who are less than two years old.
The above pointers will be helpful when choosing the right kind of mask to protect yourself against the virus.