Facemasks during this pandemic
Ever since the pandemic era has begun, facemasks have become an icon.
Healthcare workers wear surgical masks/ N95 masks/respirator masks, there’s evidence that it protects them from respiratory infections.
As the government eases the lockdowns it has made wearing a facemask mandatory, for the public, as a preventive measure.
Out of many protective measures, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, in light of COVID- 19.
The idea of wearing a mask is to help prevent the individual from contracting any infectious virus and part of an infection control strategy to keep the coronavirus infection cornered.
Deciding on which facemasks you should buy and understanding who they protect, figuring out if you can reuse them are daunting tasks.
Some opt for a scarf wrapped around a face while some prefer the surgical masks, cloth masks & the rarer still, N95 masks/mask with respirators. However, N95 masks are recommended for healthcare workers. While the reusable surgical & cloth masks, are not recommended for the health care workers & #COVID19 carriers, they can provide enough protection to the public for their everyday use.
In the context of COVID-19, it is said that wearing a mask may make people feel safer, but the other protective behaviors such as social distancing, washing and sanitizing hands are equally important to reduce chances of infection.