After starting up this website, we have received many queries regarding mask usage.
“There is acute shortage of mask in market, couldn’t get N95 mask… Shall I go out without mask?? ” Question raised by an student.
So we decided to write a blog on -MASK,a shield like protection.
WHAT IS A MASK ?
It’s a protective physical barrier placed in such a way that it covers both the nose and mouth of a person.
HOW WEARING MASK CAN PROTECT ?
It’s obvious that mask will prevent spread of virus from a person while coughing but what about a person who doesn’t have illness – does he require any mask?
The answer is yes, mask not only prevent virus to spread from a patient, it also prevents the virus from entering your nose or mouth when a person coughs near by.
WHAT IS DROPLET INFECTION ?
An infection transmitted from one individual to another by droplets (small quantity of liquid that forms a round shape of moisture) expelled from the respiratory tract during coughing or sneezing.
Corona virus infection is one good example. These droplets stay in the environment quite a period of time during which healthy individual can get exposed to virus. Wearing Mask offers protection to healthy person.
WHAT TYPES OF MASK ARE AVAILABLE?
It includes RESPIRATORS (Eg N95 , FFP1 ), SURGICAL MASK, CLOTH MASK.
RESPIRATORS are for health care professionals and for those who take care of CORONA infected patients
SURGICAL MASK is recommended for all individuals especially when they go out to a public place.
CLOTH MASK doesn’t offer much protection but it is better than nothing. It can be made from household items at home at low cost.
HOW DO THESE MASK DIFFER FROM EACH OTHER?
Different mask have different pore size. RESPIRATORS have tiny pore (smaller than virus) so that it acts as a filter and offers maximum protection.
SURGICAL MASK is also acts as filter for virus but there can be gaps or leaks between face and mask unlike RESPIRATORS making it less effective than the RESPIRATORS.
CLOTH MASK doesn’t filter virus or bacteria but it is better than wearing nothing.
CAN WE REUSE MASK?
RESPIRATORS and SURGICAL MASK can’t be reused or washed while CLOTH MASK can be washed and reused.
WHEN TO WEAR MASK?
Wear mask when you take care of patients, while coughing or sneezing and while visiting public places.
HOW TO WEAR A MASK?
First and foremost is wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand rub then place the such that it covers both nose and mouth. Make sure there is no gaps between your face and mask (to prevent leak).
Avoid touching the mask while using it. Replace the mask as soon as it is damp . While removing don’t touch the front of mask, discard immediately in a closed bin and wash your hands.
TAKE HOME MESSAGE..
Mask is necessary. SURGICAL MASK is recommended for all but CLOTH MASK is better than wearing nothing.