A Guide to Choosing the Right Face Mask

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Face Mask

Face masks have become the new normal ever since Covid-19 arrived. The virus that soon turned into a global pandemic made it impossible for people to go outdoors without wearing a face mask. The new Omicron variant of COVID-19 has once again highlighted the urgency of wearing the right mask to avoid transmission of the deadly virus. The R0 factor for Omicron is considered to be 12-18 times or even higher, it spreads much faster. Its infectivity and virulence are a cause of concern. WHO has declared the Omicron variant as a “Variant of Concern”.

Eugenia O’Kelly, who runs the Respiratory Protection Engineering Task Force at the department of engineering, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, has diligently, untiringly, spent the good part of 2020 and 2021 looking for those elusive answers on this unique but critical topic in our pandemic-sieged world.
While O’Kelly herself prefers to wear respirators, her research of masks has shown her that various masks and double masks have their merits, but the merits are reduced considerably if they don’t fit properly. The most important factor is that the mask should provide a proper fit.

In theory, a mask that is a high-functioning mask, that passes the test, should function above 95. And the studies that we’ve done, most of the masks have functioned well above 95%, so more in your 97 to 98 percent filtration (range). The material itself is rated to filter at least 95 percent. It does depend a bit on the material.

Do all masks work the same?

With cases of Omicron spreading rapidly around the country, strict Covid-19 protocols are backed up in various countries, with health authorities once again stressing the importance of social distancing and wearing masks. Fresh mask mandates have also been issued in the US & UK, where rules regarding the wearing of masks were relaxed earlier in the year.
However, not all masks offer the same protection. While reusable cloth masks may be an attractive and often cheaper option, they usually don’t work against Covid-19. With Omicron being dubbed as highly transmissible, here is a look at some of the best masks being recommended by doctors and healthcare practitioners.

How to choose the right Face mask?
Here are a few simple tips on how you can choose the right face mask and take the first step towards protecting yourself along with your family and friends.
1. Multiple Layers of Fabric–  Experts have recommended the use of layered face masks as they give you a better chance of staying safe from the Covid-19 virus. These multi-layered face masks protect you by filtering out germs, bacteria and other dust particles.
2. Go for Ear Loops-  This is an obvious tip that is often ignored by some people. Face masks that come with ear loops are more convenient for use than masks that need to be tied behind the head. Masks with elastic ear loops are an ideal option for people who need to frequently travel outdoors.
3. Proper Fit-  During this period of Covid-19, wearing a simple face mask is not enough to keep yourself protected. The face mask should be easy to wear and should also offer a comfortable fit against the face. The whole purpose of wearing a mask is useless if it doesn’t fit your face properly and leaves gaps on the sides of the top. Therefore, ensure that the mask fits your face properly.
4. Easy Breathing–  It is recommended that people wear face masks whenever they step outside. Thus, it is extremely important that you choose a face mask that does not cause difficulty in breathing. This will allow you to keep your masks on for a longer period and can also help you stay calm and relaxed. Choose a mask with breathable fabric.
5. Reusable–  One of the most important tips that can help you choose the right face mask is whether it is reusable. Since we need to wear face masks daily, using a washable and reusable mask can help save a lot of money and time.
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Check out our Talin Labs Covid Video to give you a better idea of How our mask and other protective kit technology works against this virus.

Beware of counterfeits

A large quantity of inferior quality or untested masks is presently available in the market. when purchasing masks, ensure to check the approval ratings of the mask. Avoid purchasing unsealed or unpackaged masks.
Thus wearing a mask that offers maximum protection is a must to ensure maximum prevention and spread of Omicron.

How to Clean Mask?
Reusable masks should be washed as soon as they become dirty, or at least once a day. Wash your mask with tap water and laundry detergent or soap by hand. If you have a disposable face mask, throw it away after wearing it once. Always wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask

Combined with getting vaccinated and boosted, upgrading to a high-filtration mask will be key to enjoying a safer holiday season without having to hibernate, experts say. Following these safety steps will help you stay protected & follow these safety steps at work post the Holiday season.

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