Face masks have been used for centuries, to remove the dirt and bacteria from the face. Facial masks are usually very uncomfortable and can even cause nausea, if worn during the day. If the ritual of facial cleaning is new to you, or if you are planning a vacation where facial cleaning is necessary, using a face mask may seem odd or outdated. Some people are still squeamish about face masks. Despite this, there are many benefits to facial cleansing and facial masking. Read on to learn more.
Traditional A cloth face mask is simply a piece of common fabric, usually cotton, worn above the nose and mouth. They were used by ancient cultures as a way of removing dirt, smoke, smog, and pollutants from the face. Face masks were used in ancient Greece, Egypt, China, ancient Japan, and Rome. When physical distancing was impossible, and if available, manual cloth face masks were worn to clean the nose and mouth.
Worn on Staff Members The benefits of face masks were also known by healthcare workers. Healthcare staff members wore masks to help filter out dust, dirt, and other airborne particles before entering the patient’s room. A variety of materials are available for these applications: disposable nitrile gloves, which can be worn with latex gloves, paper face masks, aprons (heavy duty aprons), disposable sponges, or hand sanitizers. Face masks may be provided as part of the occupational health and safety plan for healthcare staff members. Masks may be required for those working with chemotherapy and radiation, those involved in patient recovery, those with severe allergies, and those with dry skin.
Post-Custody The primary reason that someone would need to use a face mask outside of a hospital is to prevent the transfer of a contaminant to the patient while being cremated. Contaminants can come from the remains of the patient themselves or from any place where they had contact with the deceased. Some of the dangers include airborne viruses such as the flu and hepatitis B, or molds. If using a cremation container, the staff member should wear a face mask or other breathing apparatus while inside the container.
Funeral Procession If someone in the funeral procession has a cold or respiratory illness, they may require wearing a face mask or other breathing apparatus at the time of their burial. This helps prevent the spread of illness to others. Often this device will be a hard plastic facemask similar to the ones that nurses and doctors wear. It may contain a battery operated pump that can be activated in an emergency to help prevent the spreading of infection. These devices are generally available at the cemetery when the body is being transported to the funeral home. Other devices that are used in the cemetery and funeral procession are flags and lighting.
When using a face mask during a memorial service for someone who has died due to the flu or other disease, consider also wearing an anti-fungal bandage or liners. They can also be worn outside the service to help prevent spreading the disease to others. Hospitals are now releasing these types of bands outside of their walls so that people will know not to walk directly into the room if one of these bands is present. The bands prevent the harmful effects of the infection by limiting the transfer of the substance into the patient’s blood stream. Many people have died due to the new disease and it is better to prevent them rather than to try to cure them.