Many people have asked if face masks are effective against the coronavirus disease. The simple answer is YES, face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as hand washing and social distancing, can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
There have been many scientific studies from around the world (including this recent study) that have found face masks can reduce the spread of the disease, and therefore citizens should all be encouraged to wear face masks whether they are sick or not. Staying safe and healthy should be everyone's main concern!
The Different Types of Face Masks
N95 respirator offers more protection than the standard ear-loop mask because it can filter out both large and small particles when the person wearing it inhales. The mask is designed to block 95% of very small particles. Some N95 masks have valves that make them easier to breathe through. These masks are recommended to be worn medical doctors, nurses, and staff.
Ear-Loop Face Masks
Ear-loop face masks, also known as surgical masks, dental masks, medical masks, and others, is a loose-fitting disposable mask that protects the wearer's nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes, and sprays that may contain germs. 3-ply face masks with quality filters can block out large particles in the air and does an effective job. Make sure the face mask you purchase has high Bacteria Filtration Efficiency (BFE). This mask is acceptable and effective for most people out and about in public.
If ear-loop face masks and N95 masks are in short supply, then cloth masks are the next best choice. They can be easily made out of fabric and can be washed and reused. Not only that, cloth masks are cheap and simple to make.
If you are making to make your own cloth masks, then we highly recommend making it out of tightly woven cotton and making multiple layers; including building a removable filtering layer in between your mask.
Homemade cloth masks usually does not have the same filtering capabilities as N95 masks or regular face masks, so it is important to have these layers to help prevent transmission of coronavirus and other diseases! Unless you are simply wearing it for fashion - which we hope is NOT the case.
We hope you found this post helpful and if you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. If you need to purchase quality face masks (BFE 99%) for you and your family, you can do so here: 3 Ply Disposable Face Mask.