It looks like we are all going to be wearing masks for a while, so why not know your options.
Wearing a mask will help slow the spread of the coronavirus and CDC recommends that people “wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household.”
Considering wearing a mask is highly recommended, many companies are taking advantage of this and selling different types of masks. With that being said, here are some common types of masks to know of when deciding what mask to wear:
Surgical Masks- A.K.A.“ The Basic”
Surgical masks are the most basic and cost-effective mask that's worn. They are loose-fitted around the mouth area and protect against large-particle droplets, splashes, and any other splitter that may contain germs. Also note that wearing surgical masks can protect from exposure of saliva and and respiratory secretions.
PRO TIP: Limited to a ONE TIME use. Be sure to throw it away and wash your hands!
N95 Masks- A.K.A. “The Pro”
Generally, the N95 masks are not intended for the general public. Instead, let’s leave them for the professionals, like health care workers and other first responders. The N95 masks are recommended for the pros because they are tight-fitting around the face and very efficient when it comes to filtering the airborne particles.
PRO TIP: Limited to a ONE TIME use. Be sure to throw it away after use and wash your hands!
Masks with Filters- A.K.A. “The Extra-ness”
As the name suggests, yes, this is a mask with filtration. A bit extra, but a mask with a filter can help collect and filter out the pollutants and germs in the air. Some may even say it helps improve the breath and lung capacity while wearing.
PRO TIP: Can be bought reusable, allowing you to get multiple uses out of it! Be sure to wash after every use to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus and any other germs.
Cloth Masks- A.K.A. “The DIY”
As mentioned, since masks are becoming a necessity of our everyday life, there has been a recent shortage of masks available for the general public. This problem wasn’t a problem for long though. Many are turning to making their own masks at home and even selling them for others to buy. Yes, a homemade mask is not as effective as other masks out there, but it is better than wearing nothing.
PRO TIP: These are generally reusable. Be sure to properly clean the mask after every use.
Overall, it's important to wear a mask in public, settings where people are close enough to each other, or where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Overall, the coronavirus is not gone, but we all can do our part to flatten the curve!
For more informations, learn more on the CDC website.