The spread of the coronavirus is still on the rise. And what's more alarming is that, until now, there is still no cure for the disease. Millions of people have been infected, and a lot of them have died as well. This is why governments are still implementing precautionary measures. One of which is wearing face masks.
But the question is, how effective is wearing face masks when it comes to slowing down the spread of the coronavirus? Does it really work?
The short answer is YES. Along with other preventive measures like social distancing, using alcohol or sanitizer to keep the hands clean, putting on isolation gowns, caps, and shoe covers, utilizing face masks is, indeed, an excellent way to protect yourself against COVID-19. But take note that face masks are not created equal. The level of protection that each provides vary.
Of all the types of face masks, the N95 and KN95 respirators are the best. As the names imply, they can filter out 95 percent of both large and very small particles when the user breathes. Some of them even come with valves so the wearer can easily breathe through. This type is highly recommended, especially for those people that work at the medical facilities.
In order for this type of face mask to serve its purpose, the wearer should see to it that the protective equipment fits right. In other words, it should seal properly. Otherwise, it will defeat the whole purpose.
In the absence of N95 respirators, surgical masks can help protect your mouth and nose as well from splashes or droplets that may contain the virus. It can filter out large particles. Plus, it can also reduce the exposure of other people to your respiratory secretions or saliva as the wearer. In short, it may help prevent the spread of the coronavirus too.
However, you have to keep in mind that medical masks are loose-fitting. There is still room for germs to get in contact with the mouse or nose.
Ever since the use of face masks have been implemented, there has been a shortage in the supply of the above-mentioned types. This is why cloth face masks have come into the picture as well. They are the cheapest option. You can even make your own if you wish to. All you have to do is to watch some videos and follow the instructions.
In a way, cloth masks can serve as a shield too as long as you wear it correctly. But obviously, they aren't the best, unlike the N95 and KN95. You can improve the efficacy, though, by not touching your face mask while you have it on. And since it's made with cloth, make sure to wash it often.
So there you go with the different types of face masks. Like what we have said, the level of protection that they provide is not the same. It is essential that you observe other precautionary measures so you can stay away from contracting the coronavirus disease.