When you hear “face mask,” what images come to mind? Do you imagine a person with a dirty face, grimacing as he or she inhales from an unfiltered glass tube? Do you envision an infected face covered in pus and sores? Do you picture an infested face covered in bacteria spores?
As a health practitioner, I get asked many questions about using a face mask during a cold or flu outbreak. “Can my kids wear a face mask when they get sick?” “Does wearing a face mask to protect my patients against contagious diseases?” “Will a face mask to prevent me from having to deal with an outbreak?” I know these are not the only questions asked, but I find them interesting.
A lot of people have been taught that cloth face masks should be used at all times. However, most of the information out there is outdated and out of date. Many face masks made today are actually much better than the ones worn in the past. A lot of people are not aware that disposable face masks can be much more effective than their cloth cousins. These cloth-based face masks contain more therapeutic benefit and they can be easily cleaned.
The reason why many people still prefer using cloth face masks is that they don’t provide any kind of barrier to prevent the transmission of the virus. In fact, it is common knowledge that the virus spreads rapidly through contact. If you have hands, you are exposing your body to the virus. If you have a dirty face, you are exposing your body to the virus from the outside. Therefore, when you go to work with dirty hands, you are also exposing your body to the virus. Cloth masks can help prevent this exposure by removing the need for hands to touch the face or mouth of the patient. This helps to prevent the virus from entering the body through the air.
Many people are surprised to learn that there are some benefits to using cloth face masks. For instance, there are certain situations where a face mask might not even be necessary. There is a great risk of contamination of the patient’s eyes and nose through misting and droplets from the spray bottle. However, for other people who spend a lot of time in crowded places such as hospitals, a face mask is absolutely critical.
Today, face masks can be used as an effective tool for preventing the spread of infectious disease. and also as a means to reduce the possibility of infection. They provide a very effective barrier for keeping the skin dry during the cold months and preventing transmission of the virus. Cloth-based masks provide no protection for the eyes and nose and mouth. In addition to this, they are easy to clean, have minimal side effects and can be reused numerous times. Cloth-based masks can be made with antibacterial properties which provide another benefit.