Medical masks are still in short supply today. Many people try to sew masks at home from gauze or bandages. The simplest ones are made of 4 layers. Some medical professionals feel it is preferable to do it from 16 or even 32 layers. When sewing, attach the mask to your face and make sure you can breathe easily.
There is still debate about how appropriate it is to wear masks for a healthy person. The World Health Organization recommends that you only protect your face if you sneeze or cough. Or you are helping a person with suspected coronavirus.
Doctors who are in direct contact with patients wear not disposable masks but respirators # 95 and FFP2. The number 95 means that such protective equipment filters 95% of the air and does not allow microscopic particles larger than 0.3 microns to enter. At the moment, there is evidence that the size of the COVID-19 virus averages just over 0.1 microns.
"If you feel more comfortable in a mask, then wear it. At least in order not to touch your face with your hands. But in no case, do not wear a disposable mask again. Moreover, do not wash it. Gauze masks can be washed, but before re-use, be sure to iron it with an iron,"says therapist Valentina Andreichenko.
If you wear disposable masks, then follow the rules recommended by WHO.
- Before putting on the mask, wash your hands with alcohol or soap.
- Put on the mask to cover your nose and mouth with no gaps between your face and mask.
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- Do not touch the mask during use. If touching, treat hands with alcohol and wash them with soap and water.
- As soon as the mask becomes damp or wet, replace it with a new one and do not reuse disposable masks.
- To remove the mask, remove the mask by holding the elastic bands at the back (without touching the front of the mask). Dispose of immediately in a resealable waste container. Use an alcohol-based hand rub or wash with soap and water.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Today Lifestyle