Social Distancing: Is a Face Mask Effective For Preventing Depression?
A face mask is basically a thin mask applied over the nose and cheeks, typically made from common natural textiles, most commonly cotton. When effective, facial masks are impossible, and when fewer natural masks are available, a cloth face mask may be the best option. A cloth mask should be applied first for ten minutes or so, until the skin begins to tingle. Then, using one’s finger tips, lightly pull the mask off. Once it is off, cleanse the area with warm water, and apply moisturizer to seal in moisture.
In many studies, breathing through a cloth has proven to aid in increasing lung capacity, which can prevent COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or other respiratory diseases. A good face mask will contain a chemical called “Cadmium”, which is toxic, but can be removed through the process mentioned above. The cadmium contained in face masks cause irritating itching and redness, which should be treated with insecticides, per product instructions. The idea is to reduce the irritation caused by the cadmium so that individuals breathe easier, preventing COPD and other respiratory diseases.
However, while all face masks have similar purposes, some differ. A fabric face mask, for example, is much more comfortable to wear than those made out of plastic. There are more varieties of face masks on the market today, such as those with small holes in the center that allow airflow. These types of fabric face masks are recommended for people who need to breathe through only one nostril, since air can be forced through a hole larger than one nostril. Some face masks that do not completely seal the nose are made of elastic fabric that opens wide at the bottom, while allowing any amount of air to be breathed through the top.
The other main difference between face masks worn by the general public and those worn by healthcare workers is the shape of the mask. The nasal pillow has a round or oval-shaped peak, while the standard full face mask has a long, tapered shape. Because the nasal pillow is designed to lay flat on the skull, it is significantly smaller than the full face mask. Since the mask prevents dirt, debris, smoke and other particles from entering the nose, these are typically worn inside out instead of being worn inwards. When full face masks are used, often a nose bridge is attached to prevent nosebleeds.
Another difference is the material used for manufacturing the face mask. N95 is a popular choice in face masks because it is an economical alternative to plastic and vinyl. N95 is made from polystyrene, which is also used in making plastic and vinyl facial masks. N95 is flammable and may cause skin irritations; however, many healthcare workers wear these masks for this very reason.
Face masks can be worn to promote positive social distancing. When the wearer’s hair is styled in a way that exposes more than their face, they can achieve more social distance. This is true whether or not they wear a hairband or braid. A band around the head with a chin strap creates more visual facial coverage than just a simple hairband. Head wraps and hairpieces are another popular method for promoting social distancing, as they not only cover the head, but add a bit of length at the top of the head above the eyes.