The Transmission of Coronavirus – Social Distancing
A face mask, often called a cpap mask (or sleep apnea mask), is a thick mask, often made of synthetic polyester or felt, worn to cover the nose and mouth during sleep. While sometimes mechanical distancing is impossible and when other more potent masks aren’t available, a cloth face mask offers a quick solution to a sleep apnea problem. The patient must apply force into the cloth and move it along the nose and mouth using the chin as leverage. The face mask should fit comfortably and press firmly against the skin.
Because of the way the face mask works, it is important to get the fit right – too tight and the wearer can’t breathe; too loose and the droplets obscure the nose and mouth. The size of the droplets also affects how much air the patient can inhale. Ideally, the smallest droplets should be in the middle, about one inch below the eyes. The outermost edge of the droplets should not be visible. For patients with large droplets, the edge of the largest droplet should be invisible. Placement of the largest droplets is also important, because they should be easily seen and the rest of the nose and mouth can be covered without blocking visibility.
Like all surgical masks, face masks should be used with a high-quality face mask liner that will prevent moisture from entering the throat and irritating the skin. The patient may have to use a face mask for several nights before results are visible. Although surgery can eliminate the snoring, it usually isn’t done for long term use. For many patients, a series of face masks is needed to keep continuous airflow through the night.
If you’re using a nasal CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, device, remember to clean the hands or the mask while washing. To avoid contaminating the air with medication residue, or other allergens, be sure to remove your contact lenses before washing. Be especially careful to avoid contaminating your hands, as the hands are likely to transfer anything that made it into the nasal area when you touched the mask. Use sterile gloved or dry fingers to transfer the medication. Avoid getting the medication near your mouth or nose and make sure you do not hold the device to your nose or mouth. Cleaning a nasal CPAP for the first time is a bit messy so it’s best to make a mental note of these tips before you start.
There are two main ways to use an air purifier for improving your social distancing: with face masks and without. Both methods have their pros and cons. Some people prefer to have their faces cleansed before they go to dinner, while others want to avoid having bacteria enter their nose or mouth. CPAP machines have come a long way in their design, but not all models are created equally. Using air purifiers with face masks has become more popular over time.
The only way to really know if you have a social anxiety problem or not is to go to a doctor and have yourself tested. If you feel that you do have this condition, then it is important that you find a treatment method that will work for you, such as using CPAP machines. However, understanding the basics of the transmission of the deadly coronavirus, as well as how to avoid spreading it, can go a long way towards relieving some of your fears.