Face-masks are quickly becoming a part of every day modern life. It feels a bit weird to walk around and not see anyone's facial expression, but in these crazy times we have little other choice. We wanted to give a quick 2-minute read on the lowdown about face-masks that prevent against infection.
As most of you know by now, Covid-19 (Corona Virus) spreads through the air. At first they thought it was just through droplets but now scientists are saying particles can hang around in the air for hours rather than minutes. This just reiterates the importance of wearing a mask if you don't want to get infected by this nasty virus. Wearing a mask has become something of a political issue in the United States (mostly), but the science remains unchanged. You can protest mask wearing all you like, however you are risking yourself and your friends and family by doing so.
The Most Common 5 Pandemic Masks:
1. Face Shields
Mostly worn by medical professionals and high-risk patients. Wearing a face shield and a face mask together provides the best protection.
2. Micro-Fiber Masks & Scarves
These types of masks are a great backup and are lightweight and can be easily stored in a pocket or purse. Although they are not designed to protect against infection they do offer some level of protection and are re-usable and machine washable. HealthZam has a 50% off special on Micro-Fiber masks from BetterThanZero.
3. Homemade Masks
People are making their own masks, especially when there was a mask shortage at the beginning of the pandemic outbreak. In terms of protection these offer a little bit less as they are missing some key barriers that professionally produced masks have.
4. N95 Masks
Probably the most cost-effective option these masks are the gold standard in terms of viral and bacterial protection. Some governments even require these masks, or variations of them, for certain events.
And just for fun here is a guy who made a pretty creative Face Shield out of a Haribo Gummy Bear package: