We are all getting used to wearing facemasks these days. Not only do they help protect us from contracting Covid19, but also protect others if we are carrying the virus. However, people sometimes question whether they are wearing the right one and if it offers them the best protection? So to answer a few of those questions, here is a short guide.
Level of Protection
Wearing a facemask will offer some level of protection against the virus, but no facemask can guarantee you won't contract it. Wearing a facemask, in conjunction with government advice such as keeping your distance, avoiding crowded areas and frequent hand-washing, will go a long way to maximising your level of protection.
Facemasks come in a range of different types and designs from home-made fabric masks, high-tech masks with internal filters and respirators, and disposable masks.
Fabric: If you prefer to wear a fabric mask, make sure it has a tight weave. Cotton is a good choice due to its 3D structure, which could trap particles. Add a disposable filter inside, and your cotton fabric mask will be even more protective.
Disposable: Disposable surgical masks are usually manufactured from paper or polypropylene. These are very effective at blocking the emission of infectious vapour and the inhalation of viruses, but the quality of masks varies, so if in doubt, try to invest in the best you can afford.
KN95 respirators: If you would like one of these, you need to make sure you buy from an approved retailer. There are many imitations on the market, so you may not be getting the protection you paid for.
Wearing a facemask is a relatively new experience. But by selecting the right facemask, and combining with the recommended government advice, we will all be doing our best to safeguard ourselves and others too.