After covid-19 many masks are designed to prevent the spread of the infection from one person to another. There are many designs to prevent the spreading of the disease. Health officials said that even the use of the basic face cloth can somehow save the spread of the infections.
The NIOSH N95 respirators is a high-level respirator that can be used to protect the wearer. Wearing an N95 mask can save you from many health complications. The edges of the mask are designed in a way that it can efficiently filtrate airborne particles.
Usually, the masks are tested for filtration, flammability, and bacterial filtration efficiency first and they should not be shared or reused.
Types of face masks?
In covid-19, different face masks are designed. Some are:
- homemade cloth face mask
- surgical mask
- N95 respirator
The cloth masks are usually made by anyone at home. However, they don’t provide much security, so they are less effective and have a high risk of spreading infections through them. One of the studies shown that homemade masks are less effective as compared to N95 respirators.
While the surgical masks are loose-fitting that only cover you from large particle droplets. Still, there is a chance of the coronavirus spreading through the nose or mouth.
How N95 different from other face masks?
They are called N95 mask made in the USA because according to the U.S standard they can filter out a maximum of up to 95% of the particles including small droplets containing any kind of infection. They are mostly worn by paramedical and health workers to avoid any kind of contamination.
How wearing an N95 can protect you against the covid-19?
Usually, a person gets infected when he exhales, does coughing, sneezing, or talks closely with another person. Also, the droplets of the coronavirus can spread through objects or surfaces. However, this is not the only way of getting infected, this one is the minimum risk factor one can be thought of.
Sometimes, you can feel comfortable too because of their tight fit. You can face difficulty while wearing it but it’s highly effective for the respirator. Some companies do provide the worldwide supply of N95, to the healthcare workers or paramedical staff.
Should I wear N95 if I am taking care of someone having COVID-19?
- First of all, isolate them in a separate room from all the other people.
- Give them some surgical masks to wear. If they are even not able due to breathing difficulty to wear a surgical mask, then give them a cloth mask.
Other effective ways to prevent COVID-19
There are also some other effective ways to prevent covid-19 besides these masks are:
- Wash your hand frequently, before eating or touching your mouth.
- Keep an alcohol-based sanitizer with you.
- Practice a physical distance.
- Avoid contact with sick or the people who have flu or cough.
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Don’t touch your face or mouth with dirty hands.