A face mask is an artificial mask designed primarily of synthetic textiles, typically polyester, cotton, and preferably topped with a felt bottom to absorb the sweat generated by the wearer. Face masks have been in existence for hundreds of years, though they are most commonly associated with the African continent. Face masks were traditionally worn by the Masai, but there are reports that Europeans also wore face masks for many years. Face masks are now considered therapeutic by some professionals, although most agree that usage should only be limited to certain circumstances, such as therapeutic face painting.
The most common face mask is the “covid-19 mask.” This particular design features three removable inner tubes with “Covid” being the term used for small cotton balls. Each of the tubes is affixed to four posts on either side of the nose with “Covid-19” being the term for cotton thread to be threaded around each tube. Face masks with “Covid-19” designs are typically used during the cold season. When physical distancing is virtually impossible and when other more suitable masks are unavailable, cloth face masks can be worn.
A much more popular alternative to the traditional face mask today is the disposable face mask. These masks are useful for several reasons. First, in the event that your child has an allergy to rhinitis or other allergies, wearing a disposable face mask during an upcoming pandemic will make it much easier for your child to breathe. Secondly, these masks can be removed quickly by your child without causing irritation to others. Finally, with the convenience of disposable face masks, wearing them will ensure your children stay hydrated during a flu or other respiratory outbreak.
The primary purpose of a face mask is to keep the nose clean and free of congestion. To achieve this, the mask should fit comfortably and be made of a non-absorbent material like cotton or polyester that does not trap the moisture on the skin. Some masks can come with washable liners to help maintain the proper air circulation around the nose and mouth. It is important to remember to clean the mask at least once daily. Cleaning should include wiping the outside of the mask and if the liner material has become wet, it can be wiped clean with plain water and a mild soap.
If your child is suffering from an acute or uncomplicated viral illness such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, or swine flu, a cold or the flu, it is recommended that you do not allow him or her to play in the open during the time of severe physical distancing from others. Although you can wear a face mask and still engage in physical activities, the virus will remain dormant in most children for up to 6 months. The virus can then flare up unexpectedly during this period, causing serious illness and possibly death. For this reason, you should take precautions to avoid contact with others during this period and monitor your child’s temperature and respiratory tract behavior closely.
It is also important to consider the factors which are known to increase the risk for contact with these viruses. These factors include living in unsanitary environments, sharing cups, using unguarded showers and restrooms, sharing personal items like towels and spoons, having multiple sex partners, and not wearing a face mask or other methods of protecting the nose and mouth. Frequently asked questions about this type of virus include the following: What is the incubation period of a strain? How is the virus transmitted from one person to another?