The coronavirus outbreak has become a cause of concern for many and has kept lots of people on their toes. So many precaution methods have been given by the World Health Organisation and this is closely adhered to.
However, the number of coronavirus cases around the globe is ticking up almost hourly and people are understandably concerned about catching it themselves.
Some people have opted for the use of the facemask. However, there are some things to be known about this and below are some of them:
Mask not respirator
A face mask is a lose-fitting disposable device that creates a barrier between the mouth and nose and the external environment, this is according to Meghan McGinty, PhD, affiliate assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
They’re not intended to protect you against respiratory illnesses. They’re typically meant to prevent you from inhaling large particles like dust particles.” Respirators, on the other hand, are meant to protect you from smaller particles like viruses.
Healthy people do not need a facemask
The masks are more effective when used by people who are actually sick than by healthy people. There is however an exception. WHO does recommend wearing them if you’re taking care of someone who is suspected of having the new coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, recommends that anyone who has confirmed or suspected Covid-19 should wear a face mask until they are isolated or quarantined. Then they can take it off.
Masks can leak
Masks are loose-fitting, smaller particles (like viruses) can get through. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who wear respirators for work are required to have the fit checked annually and the seal checked before each use.
If all is working well and there are no leakages, all incoming air will be filtered. McGinty says when respirators are used properly, respirators are uncomfortable as they make it difficult to breathe.
Washing your hand is better
Also, washing your hand works better than using a facemask. If soap and clean running water aren’t available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will do. You should also avoid people who are sick around you.