All You Need To Know About Protective Masks

As isolation and social distancing become the norm on all continents, and so is the mask also becoming a symbol of responsibility.

Who would have thought that this piece of clothing only seen in relation to hospitals, doctors and nurses, would one day be an essential to help prevent the spreading a of a virus?

People in parts of Asia have been seen wearing masks way before the pandemic, be it because of smog or for medical reasons, it more or less had an ‘each to their own’ attitude to it. Not anymore.

There are many different masks in offer, with the super-efficient ones being hard to come by. These have been reserved for the medical staff, patients and those in the frontline.

The normal masks do a pretty good job too, if one is practicing social distancing and the washing of hands. Furthermore, if the fabric has a decent filtration potential and one wears the mask properly, chances of avoiding the virus are increased. This is the bottom line at this point in time.

 

Types of Masks

There are different facial masks designed for multiple purposes. Here are a few of the common ones.

 

N95 Respirator
N95 Respirator

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These are termed as most efficient but are very hard to secure at this moment in time.

 

Surgical Mask

Surgical Mask

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These surgical masks are comfortable, soft and provide a firm hold. They provide several hours of protection, too.

 

Medical Mask

Dust Mask

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This medical mask is very efficient on all levels and one of the best in rotation, but also not easy to secure at this moment.

 

Homemade Mask

Homemade Mask with Sewing Machine

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This is an economical and personal alternative, especially when the surgical masks go out of stock.

 

How to Make a Homemade Mask

Whether one uses a sewing a machine or opts to hand stitch, a DIY facial mask would be a good project given the ample time many currently have on their hands. Make it a family or just an alone-time project, this can be therapeutic and a value addition.

 

Mask-Wearing Postcards from Around the World 

The globe is singing to the same tune as we wear our masks to help in the situation.

 

 

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Shop seller in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo

 

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People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on Feb 23, 2020. AFP

 

 

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This shot taken in the runup to the Miss International Queen 2020 awards shows trans beauty pageant contestants posing as they wear facemasks during a rehearsal for the contest in Pattaya, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

 
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A group of tourists wearing masks during their visit at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

 

 

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In Egypt, museums and tourist sites across the country closed down on March 23 and are currently being sanitized.
 

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In Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, two women don masks in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

 

 

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A woman puts cloth face masks on a string to dry before distributing it for free around the neighbourhood, amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, April 9, 2020. Willy Kurniawan / Reuters
 
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People wear masks in Piazza Duomo in Milan.

 

 

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Even in the Kimono, the mask is nothing new in Japan.

 

 

 

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The shortage of masks was apparent at many clinics and hospitals in Germany, whose health system usually ranks as among the world's best.

 

 

 

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A souvenir seller waits for business in Dublin, March 17, 2020. The St. Patrick’s Day parades across Ireland were cancelled due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

 

 

 

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A performer wears a mask in Times Square in New York.

 

 

 

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Two Real Madrid fans wearing masks in light of the coronavirus outbreak during the La Liga match against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 1, 2020.
Most sports events worldwide, have either been cancelled or postponed.

 

We are all in a very heavy and trying time, both physically and emotionally. Anything that can go to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus is extremely important, and being knowledgeable in the different credible measures, is crucial for us all. 

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