Masks recommended for protection from Covid-19 and the duration of wearing the mask

Types of Face Masks

Wearing a face mask is an important part of the Covid-19 precaution. It is important to wear a face mask properly, keep it clean, store it safely and dispose of it safely at the end of the period to prevent the virus.

In a previous article, we gave you information on the correct way to wear a face mask. In this article, we will give you information about the types of masks recommended for protection from Covid-19 and the duration of wearing the mask.

Types of Face Masks

1. Surgical mask
Surgical masks, also called medical masks, are used to prevent the spread of coronavirus. These masks are also used in hospital with protective equipment (Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)). A surgical mask is a disposable mask that protects the nose and mouth. Properly covered, it will withstand a great deal of adverse conditions.

How long can you wear a surgical mask?
Although a specific duration for a surgical mask cannot be specified, various studies have shown that the maximum safe period for wearing a mask can be 4 to 8 hours. However, according to an April 2020 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the French government, surgical masks are no longer effective after 4 and 6 hours.

Can a surgical mask be reused?
The surgical mask is a disposable mask and is not for use more than once. If the mask looks dirty or bad or you find it difficult to breathe, it should be discarded immediately.

2. N95 mask
The N95 Respirator is also known as the Professional Grade Medical Mask, which is designed to tightly seal the surface of the face. Due to its design, it is very effective in filtration of air particles.

How long can you use N95 mask?
According to the World Health Organization, the N95 mask can be used without care for up to 6 hours while caring for patients with Covid-19.

Can you reuse the N95 mask?
Although the N95 mask can be reused, reuse reduces its effectiveness. Below are instructions for reusing and disinfecting the N95 mask.

Always cover the N95 mask in a plastic bag when not in use. The mask should be kept in a dry place for 3 to 4 days for reuse. Keep at least four masks for use and use them on alternate days. Keep the used mask in a dry environment. The following methods can be used to disinfect N95 mask:

Disinfection by vapor hydrogen peroxide
Use of UV light

Use dry or humid hot air

Use of methylene blue dye and dry hot air

Watch the video below for more details on reusing N95 masks.

3. Lying mask
The cloth mask is not part of PPE but can be used to prevent covid-19. According to the CDC, multi-layered cloth masks can be used to prevent covid-19. A disposable mask can also be worn under a cloth mask, especially if it is difficult for you to use a mask because of the beard.

Cloth masks prevent both the virus particles and the germs attached to them from being released into the environment. However, further scientific study of the protective effect of cloth masks is still ongoing. Including the types of clothing that may be most effective in preventing the transmission of respiratory diseases.

How can a cloth mask be safely removed?
The cloth mask can be washed in the washing machine with any detergent. After placing the mask in the washing machine, hands should be cleaned. To dry the mask, you can set the washing machine sniper on high heat and dry it with hot air.

How can a face mask be safely removed to prevent coronavirus?
Remove the mask from the top of the chin. Do not touch the front while removing the mask.

Close the mask on the inside and cover it in a plastic bag or tissue and put in the trash. Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the new mask.

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