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How to Prevent COVID-19 Through Face Masks

Face masks have been a crucial tool in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the entire pandemic. However, not all face masks are created equal.  Each one has its features different from the others. These differences make the face masks more effective than the others.

As the Omicron variant continues to infect millions of people at an unprecedented rate, wearing the right and appropriate face masks is one of the most effective preventive measures against the virus. 

To understand how face masks help in preventing COVID-19 transmission and to learn which amongst the many kinds of face masks are appropriate to wear, go ahead and read on.

Should You Wear Face Masks?

If you want additional protection against the COVID-19 virus when you are in public places, indoors or outdoors, you definitely should wear face masks. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended wearing face masks in crowded places, such as supermarkets and public transport places.

Additionally, you should wear face masks if you are any one of these:

  • 2 years old and above
  • A frontline in your city
  • A person with comorbidities
  • You are living with the elderly or people with comorbidities
  • You are living in an area with many COVID-19 cases
  • In a workplace with strict rules on wearing face masks at work.

How Is the COVID-19 Disease Transmitted?

The COVID-19 virus can spread from one person to another in many ways:

  • When an infected person talks, sneezes, coughs, sings or breathes at a conversational distance with another person, the virus can spread in small particles through the mouth or nose.

Through airborne transmission, another person can contract these small particles from the air they breathe. On the other hand, droplet transmission is when the virus particles come in contact with another person's mouth, eyes or nose.

  • COVID-19 virus can also be transmitted through long-range airborne transmission. It happens when the virus particles remain suspended in the air for a long time due to poorly ventilated places or crowded settings.
  • Another form of transmission happens when one person touches a contaminated object or surface without proper protection and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.

How Do Face Masks Prevent the Transmission of COVID-19?

Face masks can prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by blocking the way of the virus particles into your nose and mouth. The number of particles that can be blocked by the face masks and how they work depends on the type of face mask you use. Additionally, each type of mask is effective for different modes of virus transmission.

Face masks alone cannot entirely protect you from the COVID-19 virus. But when combined with other precautionary measures like physical distancing, regular sanitation, vaccination and self-testing, wearing high-quality face masks can protect you and others by preventing the transmission of the virus.

What Are the Different Types of Masks Used for Preventing Covid-19?

There are different types of face masks used to prevent COVID-19 transmission. These are:

1. Particulate Filter Respirators

Examples of this type of face mask are P2 masks or N95 masks and KN95 face masks. They are effective for the prevention of airborne transmission and droplet transmissions of the COVID-19 virus.

2. Medical-Grade Masks

Level 1, level 2 and level 3 surgical masks are examples of this type of face mask. They are effective for preventing droplet transmission of the virus. They are also recommended to use by healthcare workers who are not performing any aerosol procedures.

3. Manufactured Non-Medical Grade Masks

This type of face mask is those woven or sewn multilayers of cloth and turned into face masks. They are reusable and sustainable types of face masks. But when it comes to effectiveness, they show only limited evidence for protection.

4. Non-Manufactured Non-Medical Grade Masks

These types of masks are improvised face masks. They are usually handkerchiefs, towels, bandanas or any other type of cloth big enough to make a covering for one's nose and mouth. They display very little to no evidence of protection from virus transmission.

According to reports, the US CDC may update its mask recommendation to advise people to wear N95 or its equivalent P2 masks. The N95 or P2 masks are the most effective protection for the increase of transmissivity of the Omicron variant.

Benefits of Using Face Masks

Aside from protection against COVID-19 transmission, wearing face masks has other benefits.

  • Face masks can help protect you from other airborne or droplet-transmitted viruses.
  • By wearing face masks, you are not just protecting yourself but other people as well.
  • P2 masks or N95 masks can filter pollutants present in the air such as smoke, dust and other fine particles like dirt or sand.
  • Level 3 surgical masks in Australia with Australian Standards (AS) 4381:2015 can help protect a person or a healthcare worker against blood or fluid splash.
  • Selling and buying face masks within a community brings economic benefits.

Things to Consider Before Buying Face Masks

Before buying face masks, you should consider the following:

  • Look for a well-fitted mask. You are going to use the mask as your protection, so make sure that it fits you well. A well-fitted mask covers your mouth and nose so you can easily breathe in or out and does not fall off your face when you move.
  • With bendable nose strips to prevent air from leaking on the top of your nose.
  • Choose a mask with more layers for it means more protection. A surgical mask has a few layers but you can use two or more masks on top of it to increase protection. P2 masks do not need any additional layers.
  • Make sure that you ask for the proper use, storage and cleaning of the masks you are going to buy.
  • When buying for a child, choose the masks which have the proper size to fit a child to ensure maximum protection.

Dexcon | Leading Medical Device and PPE Supplier in Australia

Face masks can prevent the transmission of COVID-19 from one person to another by blocking its way into your mouth and nose. They are effective for both airborne transmission and droplet transmission.

However, not all kinds of face masks are similar. You need to choose your face mask according to the level of protection you need.

Buying the right mask with high quality is important to ensure maximum protection against viruses like COVID-19. Also, a face mask alone cannot wholly guarantee that you are safe from COVID-19.

Get your face masks from a reliable and trusted seller. Get yours at Dexcon. We can supply you, your family and your company with high-quality face masks like P2 masks and level 3 surgical masks. Our face masks are proven effective in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are the manufacturer of the first P2 mask in Australia which is the type used by the Australian Olympic Team. Our P2 mask is the only respirator utilising nano-fibre technology for superior protection, breathability and comfort.

For more details about our products, contact us today.

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