- The mask is intended to be used only once. Do not use more than once.
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Who should wear masks?
People should wear face coverings on public transport and in some shops, according to the government of England. In Europe, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Turkey, Poland, Luxembourg, Germany, and France have made face masks compulsory in certain or all public places. Globally, more than 50 countries require people to cover their faces when they leave home.
According to latest news from RTE, public health officials have said that there will be a role for face coverings in Ireland as part of the response to Covid-19 (all you need to know about wearing face masks in public).
What masks are best for covid-19? The differences between N95 masks, medical masks, and non-medical face coverings
N95 is the most recognisable and effective mask. Like how the name indicates, it can block at least 95% tiny particles. They’re made with polyester and other synthetic fibres that act as filters to block particles and are for single use. When wearing N95 masks, you need to make sure that there is no gap between the edge of the mask and your skin. They won’t fit for children or people with facial hair.
Medical masks are not as effective as N95 masks. They can filter 60 to 80 percent small particles under lab conditions. When used properly, they can help prevent spreading coronavirus by catching droplets when you cough or sneeze. They are disposable and for one time use. While medical masks can protect you from larger droplets and splatter, the loose fit makes them less effective compared to N95 masks.
Cloth face coverings are used by some when they don’t have access to N95 or medical masks. While they can help to a certain degree and are better than not wearing a mask, a clinical trial has found that those wore cloth masks were significantly more likely to catch a virus (Maclntyre et al., 2015). But they will prevent others from getting infected when you cough or sneeze. In Ireland, from 13th May 2020, you can buy non-medical masks in Lidl. Alternatively, you can make cotton masks at home (watch this video to know how to make masks at home).
How to wear face masks
It is important to know how to face masks properly.
The World Health Organization offers advice for the public on how to use masks to protect against coronavirus infection:
Inspect the mask for any holes or tears to make sure that it's intact.
Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol before putting on the mask.
Cover your nose and mouth with the mask and make sure no gaps exist between it and your face.
Avoid touching the mask while using it. Touching the front of your mask, which is exposed to the environment, can defeat the purpose of using it.
If you do touch your mask, wash or sanitize your hands immediately.
When your mask gets damp, replace it.
Do not reuse these single-use masks.
Remove your mask from behind rather than touching the front of the mask.
Discard the used mask immediately in a closed trash bin and clean your hands again.
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