Wearing a face mask in public helps protect you from contracting the coronavirus by reducing virus transmission when physical distancing isn’t possible. There are several face masks available in the market, and not every type offers the same level of protection. Read on to discover the different kinds of face masks for COVID-19.  

  

HOMEMADE CLOTH FACE COVERING  

  homemade face mask

 

This face mask falls short in fluid resistance and should be supported by adding a layer of absorbent materiabetween your face and the face mask. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends this for general use in public, a level ocaution is still encouraged when wearing cloth face masks. The only advantage these have over the other types of face masks is an unlimited supply. You can make one at home or buy from local stores.  

  

Levels of Protection  

User: 5/10  

Public: 5/10  

Overall: 5/10  

  

 

SURGICAL FACE MASKS  

surgical mask

 

Surgical face masks are generally for surgical procedures with a risk of fluid spray. They are single-use masks that protect the user from splashes and droplets on the nose and mouth. The face mask fit does not form a seal around the face, and the filtration system does not filter out small liquid particles in the air.  

These face masks offer a higher level of protection than cloth face masks, but they are not recommended for general use as these are single-use and not sustainable. This type of face mask is more efficient in protecting others from the wearer when sneezing or coughing.  

  

Levels of Protection  

User: 7/10  

Public: 8/10  

Overall: 7.5/10  

  

 

N95 RESPIRATORS  

n95 respirator

 

If you are looking for high levels of protection, N95 respirators provide a complete barrier between the nose and mouth and the immediate environment. These face masks filter 95% of airborne particles, including tiny droplets from coughs and sneezes. N95 respirators fit tightly around your face, making them ideal in high-risk environments like hospitals where they take care of COVID-19 patients. They are not recommended for public use because of the limited supply and should only be for healthcare workers.   

  

Levels of Protection  

User: 9/10  

Public: 9/10  

Overall: 9/10  

  

HOW TO WEAR A FACE MASK  

  1. Sanitize your hands with soap and water or a hand sanitizer.  
  2. Check for holes and tears on the mask.  
  3. If you are using surgical or N95 face masks, the stiff bendable edge should be on your nose, and the white side should touch your face  
  4. Hold the face mask by the ear loops, and make a loop around each ear to ensure a snug fit.  
  5. Pinch the nose bar to fit the shape of your nose.  
  6. Pull the bottom of the face mask to cover your mouth and chin.  

  

HOW TO REMOVE A FACE MASK  

  1. Hold the face mask by the ear loops and lift them to remove the face mask.   
  2. Avoid touching the front side of the face mask because it is contaminated.  
  3. Fold the face mask outwards. 
  4. Dispose of in the appropriate bin or single-use medical waste. 

 

Wearing the right kind of face mask gives you better protection from the coronavirus disease, but proper hand hygiene and physical distancing are still the best ways to prevent the spread of this disease. Protect yourself and your family with Care Touch’s sanitizing supplies and face masks amid these trying times.