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Getting Sick? Face Masks – How They Protect You From Getting Sick

A facial mask, also known as a face pack or facial pack, is typically a waterproof, slip-on, easy-to-apply mask worn over the nose and mouth, often with a cloth lining. Facial masks can be used to treat many different types of facial skin conditions, including acne, eczema, aging skin and sagging facial skin. Usually made out of natural materials like cotton, spandex, or even animal hide (such as cow hide), a face pack can be very helpful for those who have trouble reaching areas around the eyes, like the bridge of the nose or the jowls. While more effective than most topical creams and lotions, a face pack is usually not as soothing as a facial cream or lotion, since it doesn’t have the ability to deeply moisturize the skin. Additionally, when more effective topical masks aren’t readily available, and if physical distancing isn’t possible, a face pack can be a useful alternative to a deep-cleaning, time-consuming facial regimen.

Face packs are usually worn by first responders and emergency personnel during certain incidents, as well as by medical staff members and individuals who work outdoors all day. A face pack is typically worn as an absorbent, with the material held in place by elastic-lined straps or Velcro. Face masks come in a variety of sizes, from small single-day pads worn during an allergic reaction or while caring for small children to long-term full-face covers worn at night to help prevent fogging from glasses or lenses. Large face masks, often used by ER Staff during incidents like the Oklahoma City Bomber attacks, are often custom-designed and made with high-quality materials and workmanship.

A standard emergency response or CVR face mask contains a C-shaped piece that is open on one end and closed on the other. The open end is designed to capture and contain airborne particles and debris; the closed end is used to prevent irritant particles from entering the nose. A C-shape designed mask will typically have a nosepiece attached, with a movable sensor lens situated on top for detecting any signs of irritation or discomfort, such as mucus or excessive droppings, and a closed end designed to protect the eyes. If these symptoms are present, a trained responder should place the patient in an airtight secure enclosure and begin breathing smoothly through the nose. Some patients may be required to wear a face shield, a type of breathing mask commonly used during a medical emergency that is made from sterile materials and completely encased in a soft, comfortable, disposable material.

During the manufacture process, the plastic used in face masks is often bleached or colored to improve its effectiveness against airborne particles. However, exposure to ultraviolet light can weaken the plastic’s immune properties, eventually allowing bacteria to enter the sealed enclosure and possibly causing a reaction. Because a majority of severe rhino virus infections occur in Africa and Asia, plastic manufacturing companies often contract with local manufacturers to provide the highest quality equipment and face masks. However, when contamination occurs in the United States, most companies choose to inspect their products and ship them to the manufacturer from overseas.

As more individuals become aware of the dangers posed by contaminated masks, more consumers are becoming more leery of general store-bought facial cleansers and hand sanitizers. While the majority of facial cleansers and sanitizers sold at grocery stores and department stores contain the same ingredients as they do on the packaging, research has shown that some strains of the pandemic H2N flu may be resistant to most sanitizing agents. Therefore, it is important that consumers purchase these types of products from a reputable vendor. Similarly, when shopping for a hand sanitizer or hand wash, consumers should ensure that the product contains the right amount of chlorine for their particular situation.

A common strategy used to prevent people from getting sick is to use a face mask in social situations. When a person is susceptible to getting sick, such as because of being elderly, suffering from asthma, or having poor air quality in their home, a face mask can minimize contact with those who are sick, which can reduce overall exposure. Additionally, it can help to limit the duration of outbreaks to that of those short moments when a person sneezes, coughs, or laughs too hard. However, it can be difficult to judge when an individual is not adequately protected. For this reason, it can be useful for those who spend a good deal of time around others to keep reading.

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