It has been almost two years since COVID 19's introduction to the world. We scarcely knew anything about a pandemic and definitely had not seen or heard of any lockdown or mask and social distancing mandates before. But today they have become an integral part of our everyday life. The covid-19 pandemic has impacted the world in every aspect, be it health, wealth, or business. The coronavirus also mutated into many different variants, emerged around the globe, and led to new lockdowns and a sudden rise in the number of cases. The downfall in the number of cases due to the increasing vaccination and awareness led many countries to re-open and get their economies back on track. Many public places like schools, entertainment centres, shopping malls, and workspace have started to open up again, but masking up is mandatory. Face masks have now become a basic need around every corner of the world due to the pandemic. Research has shown that covering your mouth and nose with a face mask can help prevent the infection from spreading.
How do masks work?
When an infected individual coughs, sneezes, or chats, COVID-19 spreads quickly. It releases virus-carrying droplets into the air. These droplets can spread the virus to anyone who inhales them or touches their mouth or nose after coming into contact with them on their hands. This transfer may occur without your knowledge.
To avoid this transmission, we have introduced fabric masks that are intended to trap respiratory droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. They are manufactured to protect the wearer from inhaling droplets released by others. What makes our cloth masks the most effective is that they are built-in multiple layers and tightly woven in quality fabrics like cotton, linen, suede, and satin. These masks with layers tend to stop more droplets from getting through your mask or escaping from it.
Which are the best and efficient masks?
One of the most important things that make the face masks efficient is the filter layer for maximum protection. Using a cloth mask rather than a disposal mask is more recommended by the experts, as they are washable, reusable, and safer for the environment.
Tips for wearing and caring for your masks
When you're out in public, it's critical to wear your mask frequently. It's also crucial to put it on correctly. The initial step is to select a face covering that is appropriate for your head. Then learn how to put it on and take it off properly. Follow these guidelines to properly care for and utilize your mask:
- While wearing your mask, try not to touch it.
- Before putting on your mask and after removing it, wash your hands.
- While removing your mask, avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
- Wash your mask by hand after soaking it in a bleach solution for 5 minutes.
- Wash your mask in the washing machine with standard laundry detergent and the warmest water setting.
Different types of masks for different face shapes
To make mask-wearing as effective as possible, everyone must learn which face mask is best for them. In comparison to a single-layered cloth mask, two or more layered masks are preferred. A double-layer face covering has been demonstrated to be much superior at minimizing droplet dispersal during coughing or sneezing. Cloth masks feature loops around your ears or threads tied behind your head that can be used to secure these masks. Cloth masks are environmentally friendly and hence are the only masks that are washable and reusable.
The fear of third-wave has started to rise among many countries due to the new omicron variant. Few nations are already suffering and fighting with the damage of omicron, hopefully, India still has a chance to prevent itself from the third wave. We need to once again boost the awareness of using face masks every wear as people are following the SOPs more casually. Wearing masks is one of the main things to avoid the third wave as at the end of the day, a simple piece of cloth can play an imperative role in helping you and your loved ones stay healthy.