Bodyment is the number one source in Australia for disposable medical face masks and surgical face masks which protect you against Coronaviris. Our N95 PM2.5 infection prevention disposable face masks are available for pre-order now and will provide you with protection against Coronavirus or other strains of influenza this flu season.
How does Coronavirus Spread?
According to the CDC, Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close proximity with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths and noses of people who are nearby and can also be inhaled into the lungs.The infected person does not have to show symptoms to be infectious, and recent reports show up to 50% of people infected are asymptomatic.
If you’re considering wearing a face mask to protect yourself against coronavirus it is important to know how the virus spreads, what mask is recommended by health professionals and how to wear your mask correctly.
Do face masks protect against coronavirus?
This 2008 study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases found that face masks were 80% effective in protecting against influenza-like illness. Face masks prevent respiratory droplets that are expelled by an infected person from entering your mouth or nose. Reports also show that when wearing a face mask a person is less likely to touch their nose or mouth with their hands, which further reduces the risk of infection.
What type of face mask should I wear?
There are two main types of face masks and your level of protection depends on the type of mask you choose.
These masks are designed to block droplets but they do not fully seal off the nose and mouth which allows airborne particles to get in. Additionally, surgical masks are not designed to block small particles such as viral pathogens, so these can simply pass through the material of the mask.
Hospitals and medical facilities prefer to use N95 masks as these filter out 95% of small particles and any particles larger than 0.3 microns (for reference, a human hair is 75 microns in width). N95 face masks also seal tightly which prevent airborne particles from entering the nose or mouth.
The CDC recommends that health care workers in contact with SARS-CoV-2 patients use “respiratory protection that is at least as protective as disposable N95 respirators before entry into the patient room or care area.” – As you can see, N95 masks are far superior when it comes to keeping yourself protected.
Due to the tight fit, N95 face masks can make it more difficult to breathe, so please check with your health care practitioner if you have a chronic cardiac or respiratory condition.
How to wear your mask correctly
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry your hands well. This will prevent you from contaminating your mask before you put it on
- It is recommended you trim your facial hair before wearing your mask. Facial hair can create gaps at the edge of the mask which prevents a tight, sealed fit and this will compromise the effectiveness of the mask
- Hold the mask with one hand and place it over your mouth and nose
- Use your other hand to pull the lower strap over and behind the head. Place the lower under the ears behind the neck
- Pull the upper strap to the middle of the top of the head, above the ears
- Place two fingers on the metal nose clip, using the tips of your fingers starting from the middle position, press the nose clip with your fingers pointing inward to mold to your nose and ensure a tight seal
- Do not touch your face mask once you have placed it on your face
- It is recommended you do not wear your mask for more than 6 – 8 hours, and dispose of it after 4 hours if you go into a public space.