COVID-19 has reshaped our lives completely. Humans have started to change old behaviors and adopting new routines and habits to restart life once again. In all of these sudden changes, we have seen more and more people wearing face coverings or masks in public places.
It was once an unfamiliar scene, but now it has become an essential part of everyone’s life. This is a joint effort from all of us to slow down the spread of coronavirus. This face protection can be defined as:
‘’ A special covering that helps contain small droplets that come out of your mouth and/or nose when you sneeze, cough, or even talk. A mask may protect you from larger droplets from people around you when you are healthy. It is possible to have coronavirus without showing any symptoms, and a face mask reduces the chances of spreading the infection to others.’’
Difference between face mask, face covering, & respirators:
All these terms are inter-related to each other, but there are some differences between these protection items:
· Face masks:
Face masks are medical or surgical items worn by doctors and health professionals, as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE). These masks are blue or green in color and have folds or pleats. They are fit flat against the face and covers from nose to chin.
· Face coverings:
A face covering is not purely a medical item, and it can be any cloth that a person can use to cover their nose and mouth. There are many kinds of face coverings available that are for single-use or reusable. You can also make your own cloth face coverings.
A respirator is a special type of face mask that is used by healthcare workers to provide them with even more protection. They’re designed to be wear for certain medical procedures. Respirators have to be adequately fitted with tight-fitting to the face. Respirators are oval or circular or oval in shape with having large valves.
How are a face mask and face-covering work?
Face masks and face coverings are not for your protection mainly, but these are designed to stop you from spreading coronavirus to others. These masks and coverings stop the droplets from infecting and spreading other people. These protective items are only effective when wearing correctly, along with washing hands regularly and practicing social distancing.
Wear face masks correctly:
It is very important to wear face masks properly; only this will make them effective. Here are a few tips to make sure that you are wearing your face covering correctly:
- Wash your hands with hand sanitizer before putting on your face mask and after taking it off.
- Your face mask must have to cover both your mouth and nose adequately.
- A face mask should be made of at least two layers, and you can breathe in it comfortably.
- Only touch the straps of ties of the mask when handling it and strictly avoid touching or fiddling its front part.
- Wash your re-useable face-covering regularly and wash it on at least 60 degrees.
- Change your face covering when it becomes damp and never share it with anyone else.
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