Fight Against COVID-19: Facts Related to Masks

With the news of people becoming asymptomatic to COVID-19, it is now essential to stop the silent spread of the disease to others. Asymptomatic carriers are the individuals who spread the virus unknowingly.

The best way to stop the asymptomatic transfer of the virus from one individual to another is the use of a face mask. Now the question arises, which mask to wear?

Types of Masks

Till now, everyone is aware that there are 3 types of masks widely popular among people.

1. N95 Masks: These are better known as N95 respirators. N95 masks are used by people with respiratory problems and protect them from airborne particles.

PC: Wikipedia

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that the general public wear N95 respirators to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19). Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.”

——- FDA

2. Surgical Masks: These are also known as face masks or medical masks in common terms. These are single use masks that are used to cover mouth and nose. These masks also protect the wearer from airborne particles, etc.

Surgical Mask
PC: Wikipedia

To know more about N95 respirators and surgical masks please visit FDA website.

3. Cloth Masks: These are also called fabric masks and gained a lot popularity in the pandemic 2020. Cloth masks are easy to prepare at home, though not provide as much protecting as the above mentioned masks.

Cloth Masks

Who wears a Surgical/Medical Mask?

As mentioned on WHO website, “Medical masks should only be used by:

  • Health workers
  • Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, including mildly ill people
  • People caring for suspect or confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside of health facilities
  • People aged 60 or over
  • People with underlying health conditions.”

Who wears a Fabric Mask?

Any person stepping outside house and going to a public place, needs to wear a fabric mask. Wearing a fabric mask is on of the precautionary measure to prevent spread of disease to others.

I have two more posts on masks on my blog. You can check them here and here.

Let’s spread awareness and positivity among people . Pandemic 2020 is going to last for a longer duration. We need to be mentally and physically strong to handle it.

I hope this post might help in clarifying any doubts related to masks and their usage. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Namrata

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