We are now living in a new normal since the pandemic hit world. Part of this new normal is to wear mask whenever we have to go outside especially in public places. Generally, masks are recommended by health organizations across the globe as a weapon and barrier to prevent respiratory droplets from travelling into the air. Hence, when a person coughs, sneezes, raises his or her voice and talks will not be able to transmit the virus to the people around him or her. As we may know, the spread of COVID 19 cases is due to the respiratory droplets transferred from the infected person to another person. Thus, wearing masks is one of the effective ways we can protect ourselves from the virus.
According to the laboratory and clinical studies, wearing masks reduce the spray of droplets. This recommendation has been backed up and supported by different health organizations. Thus, to give you more ideas, insights and relevant information about the health benefits of face masks, this article will go through some of the things you need to know about considerations for wearing face masks.
The first question that should be given a direct answer is ‘who should wear face masks’. According to CDC, all people from 2 years old to older ages should wear a mask in public places and in other areas or frames where social distancing measures are hard to maintain. COVID 19 infected person may not show any symptoms at all hence, without his knowledge, he can infect the people around him unintentionally. As recommended by health organizations, if you are sick with COVID 19, it is not advisable to visit public settings. You should stay at home and you should only leave your house when you need to get medical care. You should stay in a specific room and stay away from other people and pets at home as much as possible. You should also wear mask all the time to help [prevent you from spreading the virus to other people. It also helps keep the respiratory droplets contained and from getting into other people.
If you are negative from COVID 19 but if you have someone in your house who is infected, you should still wear a mask at all times. But the problem is, the protective effects are still unknown. This refers to the manner on how well the masks protect people from breathing in the virus. Thus, you should continue to practice preventive actions on a daily basis. You should avoid close contact as much as possible. Always use alcohol, wash your hands, and avoid touching your nose, eyes, mouth and other parts of your body where virus can enter.
Apart from wearing high-quality KN95 respirators, there are also other equipment that you can use to protect yourself from the virus. This includes face shield which is now a requirement in other countries for people who need to go to public places. A gloves is also an effective equipment to consider.