What Face Mask to Use During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

December 07,2021

The sudden outbreak of the epidemic disrupted our pace of life. In China, when going to public places or places with large numbers of people, we must wear masks, show a health code, and even show a 48-hour nucleic acid certificate. Although this is a little troublesome, it does ensure our safety even more.

 

At the beginning of the epidemic, we also knew a type of mask --- N95. Experts proved that N95 masks can effectively prevent the spread of the epidemic, so we began to stock up in large quantities. So do you know why? Must we wear it? Keep reading and you will get the answer.

 

N95 mask

 

Do I have to wear N95 masks during the epidemic?

 

The material of the N95 mask is suitable for filtering non-oily particles, such as cement dust, smoke dust, coal dust, and microorganisms, which is also protective equipment with strict air-tightness. When the protective ability of the N95 respirator is improved, it also increases breathing resistance. Whether you choose N95 masks or ordinary medical masks, you can achieve the protection function, because the droplets of pathogenic microorganisms are more than 5 microns in diameter. As long as the mask is certified by the country, the quality is good, and the mask is used correctly, it can play a protective role.

 

For our daily lives, medical-surgical masks have low respiratory resistance and can meet the needs of most people in public places.

 

If you choose a protective mask, there are N95 and KN95, both of which have two types: breathing valve and non-breathing valve. The protective mask with a one-way breathing valve has low breathing resistance and can quickly exhaust the damp and heat in the mask, which has a good degree of comfort. But for those who have been infected, the pathogenic microorganisms will still be exhaled, posing a threat to the body. People with symptoms of respiratory infection, such as sore throat, runny nose, cough, or fever, should not wear this type of mask. The new coronavirus is mainly spread through contact and respiratory droplets. You can consider not using a mask in a ventilated place or open outdoors. We must master the correct way to wear masks: Repeatedly wearing contaminated masks, not paying attention to hand hygiene, and not using properly airtight masks, etc., will increase the risk of infection.

 

How to wear an N95 mask correctly?

 

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N95 masks are generally divided into cup type and folding type, and their wearing methods are the same. Wash your hands before wearing the mask, and then hold the N95 mask with the nose clip with one hand and the back facing outward. Cover the nose, mouth, and chin with the nose clip. The nose clip should be close to the face and the lower part with the other hand. Pull the strap over the top of the head and place it under the ears behind the neck; then pull the upper strap to the middle of the top of the head; place the tips of your two fingers on the metal nose clip, starting from the middle position, press the nose clip inward with your fingers, and respectively move and press to the sides to shape the nose clip according to the shape of the bridge of the nose.

 

It should be pointed out that ordinary people who are in good health do not need to use N95 masks as standard equipment, but only need to wear medical surgical masks when going out;

 

Who is not suitable to wear N95 masks?

 

  • People who have not passed the airtightness test of the mask

 

Before wearing the N95 standard protective mask, you need to do an airtightness test. If it fails to meet the requirements, wearing a protective mask will not have any protective effect. People with respiratory diseases such as asthma or emphysema should consult a doctor before using protective masks.

 

  • People with abnormal health and cardiovascular disease

 

When not wearing a mask, people who have experienced breathing difficulties or persistent breathing difficulties cannot wear N95 masks. Suffering from cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease or myocardial ischemia, poor breathing, and hypoxia will cause the insufficient blood supply to the myocardium and cause fainting or chest pain.

 

Tips

 

If wearing a mask continuously, you are prone to headaches, dizziness, nausea, and chest tightness. This is due to poor breathing or hypoxia caused by increased respiratory resistance. At this time, you should choose an open outdoor environment and take off the mask to breathe fresh air.

 

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