Experts also say that some of the mistakes even when you are sick can make it potentialy unsafe. In corona time, wearing a mask is one of the many ways to keep yourself safe and prevent from the risks of infection. However, wearing a mask isn’t the most comfortable thing ever, especially for long hours. It can make you scratchy sweaty and even a bit claustrophobic. Add to this, if you are not wearing the right way i.e. creating.
Here, what you need to know :
Even though masks have been made mandatory by several authorities and considered as one of the best forms of defense by covid-19, one mistake which could be making less effective is coughing into your mask repeatedly.
Here’s why :
Even though masks reduce the risk of transmission when you are sick or in contact of someone who is showing symptoms, mask can not stop all the droplets which you spread when you cough. Meaning, using a mask or protective wear can stop the spread of certain droplets, but even, than, sometimes.
Why does this happen?
This mainly happens because of air pressure, which builds up when you are wearing a mask, which expels out certain irritants and droplets.
So, are masks ineffective?
It is observed that the smallest droplets are able to travel the forthest while this needs more scientific backing. It is also observed that wearing a mask is able to cut down on the risk by a certain level. As compared to those who donned the PPE, viral transmission from those unmasked went up to twice as far.
Do not skip wearing a mask :
Wearing a mask effectively reduces the amount of Saliva when someone coughs into a room. Implying that if such people wear masks, everyone else will be better protected.
Which is the best kind of mask during covid-19?
There are many different types of masks available in the market. While N95 masks provide the highest level of protection. Reusable cloth masks and surgical ones work well as well. The only thing you should ensure is their proper disposal and care. At the same time, it’s also vital that you wear it the right way.
What’s the best form of defense then?
Wearing a face mask is only one measure against preventing corona virus and a possible second wave as countries around the world begin to reopen. Practising social distancing, avoiding crowd, washing and sanitizing surfaces frequently and ensuring proper disposal of mask can cut down the risk of covid-19.
Hi! I’m Deepshikha Gautam. I’m from Kanpur.