Covid-19 continues to spread across the country at unprecedented rates leaving millions of Americans scared to leave the safety of their home to brace crowded grocery stores. The virus is supposedly said to spread through airborne particles, and individuals can be infected and contagious without showing symptoms for about two to fourteen days. The public has been informed that through social distancing the risk of contracting Covid-19 is lower, but in all reality it is not easy to adequately distance yourself six feet away from everyone else at all times.
Here are some helpful tips for finding the perfect face mask.
1.Finding the Correct Face Mask
Not all face masks are built to stop the Covid-19 virus from entering into your respiratory system. According to the CDC, Covid-19 is said to spread by microscopic particles from the respiratory system of an infected individual into the air and then onto a surface or into another individual’s respiratory system. In basic terms this means that if an infected individual coughs or sneezes in your direction from a close distance you will have a very high likelihood of contracting the virus. Specific certified masks are said to prevent 95% to 99% (depending on how the mask is rated) of microscopic particles from entering into your respiratory system. Some of the better masks use five layers of carbon filters and are said to block out 99% (depending on how the mask is rated) of harmful pollutants.
Not all individuals are able to work from home during this pandemic. To those brave individuals going into public everyday to work or volunteer a face mask is a necessary item. Wearing a face mask for a long period of time can be a nuisance, and it is vital that the individual wearing the mask does not touch their face, even to adjust the mask. Adjusting the mask while in public can disrupt the seal of the mask against your face allowing unfiltered air to enter into your respiratory system. This means the mask must fit properly and also provide comfortability throughout the day so you do not feel tempted to fidget with the mask.
Not all masks are the same, therefore, not all masks have the same features. A useful feature in the previously mentioned N99 medical mask is the fact that it is machine washable. Any effective mask should carry the benefits of being reusable, compact, and comfortable. Certain masks also contain the option to change out filters. Changing out filters can help reduce waste. Instead of buying a completely new mask a cheap filter can be bought and placed into the mask.
The right face mask paired with hand gloves can help give one peace of mind while adventuring into the public. With a face mask and gloves it is still essential to try and distance yourself approximately six feet away from any other individual. Finding an effective face mask can help mitigate fears of feeling exposed to bacteria or viruses that are airborne.