Deadly virus COVID 19 is continuing in 2022 also, so it is impossible to predict what might happen in the coming weeks. Vaccine dosages (Moderna, Covaxin, Covishield, etc.) have been widely distributed, but one still needs to understand the benefits of face masks. A review guided by the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) mentions that face masks curb the primary route of COVID 19 via respiratory sources.
Common Symptoms of COVID 19
- Loss of smell and taste
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain/discomfort
- Sore throat
- Muscle ache and pain
What is a face mask?
It is a rectangular-shaped protective covering (made of polypropylene fiber or fabric) having two straps to tie from the back of the head. The face mask is intended to prevent the inhale of harmful substances such as pollution, dust, and harmful viruses. Right now, face masks are a vital choice to stop the growth of COVID 19 and its variants.
Importance of wearing a face mask
The COVID 19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets in the air or on surfaces. Wearing a mask prevents the virus from entering our body. The face mask traps the virus droplets inside their fibers.
Public health workers believe that wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing can decrease the risk of viral disease spread.
Wearing a mask safeguards human beings against deadly viruses and allows the country’s economy to open up faster.
Face masks protect professionals like doctors, nurses, policemen, sanitary workers, etc. who are risking their lives every day and are highly prone to get infected by COVID 19.
The best face mask is the one which you wear properly. The mask should cover your nose and chin properly without slipping.
Types of face masks
Surgical masks – These are rectangular-shaped protective coverings with blue/white borders. They mostly come with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which covers your mouth and nose. These are generally used by healthcare professionals.
Cloth face masks – It is advised at the time of crisis; one can also use masks made of homemade cloth. The masks are to be disposed of after multiple usages or washed properly before usage.
N95 masks – The N95 respirator mask is very similar to face masks in shape but they are more capable when it comes to protection against COVID 19. The protects against small airborne particles. N95 masks are generally NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Certification) certified for quality and use.
Procedure to use face masks
Nowadays, face masks are used on a daily basis to avoid the risk of getting infected by COVID 19. Here are some steps provided to wear a face mask.
- Clean your hands properly with soap before touching the mask
- In case of a cloth-made mask, wash it properly with hot water and let it dry before use.
- Inspect the face mask for damage
- Adjust the mask properly so that it covers your face and there should be no gaps
- Cover your nose and chin.
- Clean your hands before removing the mask.
- Store the mask in a clean place.
- Avoid mask for people who suffer from troubled breathing or unable to remove it without others supervision.
- Avoid sharing of masks among each other.