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COVID-19: Do face masks offer protection?

Answers to your questions about face masks, including how to use them properly & online shopping.

Yes, social distancing, frequent hand-washing and face masks help slow the spread of the virus.  

Face Masks: (non-surgical masks) will not provide protection from fluids or will not filter particles, needed to save against viruses. These face coverings are not for surgical use and are not considered personal safe equipment.

Surgical Masks: are liquid-resistant, disposable, and loose-fitting masks that create a physical wall between the nose and mouth of the wearer and the direct environment. Masks are for use in surgical settings and do not provide full protection from inhalation of airborne pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria.

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Does it matter what sort of mask you wear?

Answers to your questions about what kind of face masks to wear.

Yes, Different types of mask, not alike in character or quality, offer different levels of protection. Surgical N95 respirators offer the highest level against Covid-19 infection, followed by hospital grade masks. These masks are expensive, in low supply, add to landfills and are uncomfortable to wear for extended periods. Countries that made laws for citizens to wear face masks have suggested these masks should be saved for health care workers, elderly or those high risk.

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How to wear a non-medical fabric mask safely.

Answers to your questions about proper placement of face masks to wear.

Clean your hands before touching the mask.

Inspect the mask for dirt and damage.

Adjust the mask to face without leaving gaps.

Cover you mouth, nose and chin.

Avoid touching the mask.

Clean your hands before removing the mask.

Remove the mask by straps.

Pull the mask away from your face.

Store the mask in a clean plastic bag by straps.

Wash mask in soapy water at least once a day.

A fabric mask can protect others around you.

Do not wear a loose mask or damaged mask.

Do not share your mask with others.

Do not wear a wet or dirty mask.

Do not wear a mask that is difficult to breath in.

To protect yourself and others, practice social distancing of 6 feet.

Always wash hands and use hand sanitizer though out your day. 

 

We suggest wearing: 

Blue Procedure Face Mask

White Reusable Cloth Face Masks

KN95 Disposable Flat Fold C Style Face Mask with Ear Loops 

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Wearing a mask in public reduces COVID-19 risk even for the healthy!

Answers to your questions about spread of Covid-19 for healthy in public places.

Yes, a mask does lower your risk and from you spreading it to others.

As thought of before, the scientific studies have found wearing masks protected hospital workers against Covid-19 infection. They also found wearing masks protects healthy citizens in the community, thou possibly to a lesser degree.

Confusing messages from WHO, World Health Organization, know "asymptomatic transmission" occurs, although we are yet to track down its exact role.

A recent study suggests as many as 40-45% of corona virus infections are asymptomatic and they may transmit the virus to people for an extended time.

Preventing asymptomatic infection is one more reason we may choose to wear a mask, rather than wearing a mask to protect yourself, you could wear a mask to protect others. We found the best masks at Electroman Face Masks and Air Police 4 Face Masks.

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COVID-19 affects different people in different ways.

Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.

Most common COVID-19 symptoms:

  • fever.

  • dry cough.

  • tiredness.

Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains.

  • sore throat.

  • diarrhoea.

  • conjunctivitis.

  • headache.

  • loss of taste or smell.

  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes.

Serious symptoms:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.

  • chest pain or pressure.

  • loss of speech or movement.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms.  Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility. 

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home. check temperature with infrared thermometers.

On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.

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