In traditional medicine, the face mask was known to be used to treat a wide variety of ailments from rheumatism and arthritis to snakebites and poisoning. Though it has a long history, the face mask itself has undergone significant changes through time. Traditionally, a cloth face mask was a thin mask worn over the nose and mouth, designed to limit breathing through the nose. When wearing such a mask for extended periods of time, physical distancing can be nearly impossible, and even when more efficient masks are available, cloth face masks have proven to be the most effective.
During World War I, doctors wore face masks known as “covid-19” devices. These devices were made of a waterproof material that allowed the wearer to breathe through a small opening in the center. Although it was cumbersome and uncomfortable, many people around the world wore these devices during World War I, and many still do so. During the 1950’s, the United States Federal Government began to require the use of such a device on all employees.
The modern face mask now comes in two forms. The first is the disposable surgical mask. Surgical masks may either be medical or disposable. (disposable surgical masks may also be referred to as “microwavable” surgical masks). Either type of surgical mask may be used for congestion purposes, although a disposable surgical mask will often contain small particles of plastic to help with the cleaning process.
Medical staff members also wear face masks called exhalation valves. Exhalation valves are often worn by doctors and nurses to control the amount of fluid expelled from the lungs during strenuous breathing exercises. Exhalation valves are generally comprised of a ring attached to the face with a strap, which allows the valve to be adjusted at various pressure levels to maintain the appropriate breathing rate and amount of air being expelled. These devices are often worn next to the nose, but can be worn anywhere on the body if desired. Some commonly used exhalation valves are the nose clips, which allow the nose to be kept closed during difficult breathing exercises. The nasal clips may also be used to keep the mouth closed, preventing dangerous inhaling of small particles that could cause choking.
It is important for individuals to know whether or not they are wearing a face mask that will help prevent the transmission of a deadly or dangerous virus. There are currently no known cures for the SARS virus, although there are medications that will reduce the severity of the symptoms associated with the virus. A number of public health officials around the United Kingdom are concerned with the possibility of an outbreak of this highly contagious virus. By wearing a face mask that prevents the spread of this virus, it is likely that those who are sick will not spread the disease to others. As more is learned about the ways in which the SARS virus spreads, researchers and health officials are constantly looking for ways to stop these viruses from spreading. Proper personal hygiene and effective infection prevention encompass many strategies, including wearing face masks to prevent the spread of this dangerous virus.
One of the biggest concerns of health officials and medical staff is the ability of these liquids to enter the eyes. To prevent the entry of any liquid droplets into the eyes, individuals are advised to wear a surgical mask when performing various activities that require them to breathe in liquid droplets. Medical professionals are particularly concerned about the possibility of these liquids entering the eyes through the use of surgical masks. The SARS virus has killed a large number of people in the United Kingdom, and a large number of those deaths could have been prevented through the use of a simple face mask that would have prevented the spread of the virus. Individuals who believe they have symptoms of SARS should visit their doctor immediately.