What kind of face mask gives the best protection against Covid-19? There different types of mask which offers different levels of protection. The mask which offers the most protection is the Surgical grade N95 respirators followed by surgical grade masks.
Though this type of surgical masks are hard to found and are also very costly. So many countries have suggested that such masks should be used by health workers or those with high risk only.
Royal Society analysis showed that using single-use paper mask, reusable cloth to cover face and also homemade cloth face masks helps in reducing the transmission.
Paper surgical single-use masks or Cloth mask?
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that even a bandana which is tightly fitted around the face is better than not covering your face at all.
Another study showed that household materials best removed particles of 0.3-1.0 microns in diameter, the typical size of viruses and bacteria, and concluded that good options include vacuum cleaner bags, heavyweight “quilter’s cotton” or multiple layers of material. Scarves and bandana material were less effective, but still captured a fraction of particles.
Ways to wear Face Masks and take it off safely
Always wash your hands well with soap before putting it on. Make sure that there is no gap between your face and mask. Cover your mouth and nose completely.
Do not touch your mask often and when you do wash your hands.
When taking it off, take it off without touching the front and immediately throw it off in a closed dustbin. If the mask is reusable you can wash it as soon as you take it off.
CDC suggests that the masks should be washed after every use.
*This article is based on different studies done in the US and by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Remember not even the N95 mask can guarantee that it will protect you from Covid-19. So stay safe and avoid public places at all times. Always follow the latest guide by WHO.