Ever since the inception of the global CoVid-19 pandemic, taking the world by surprise, the residents of the United States have been advised by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) not to wear masks unless they are showing flu-like symptoms, looking after someone who is sick, or healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, and medical staff in the hospitals.
There have been multiple reasons provided by the CDC for the usage of these masks. They don’t offer much protection from the bacteria, that some of these high-grade masks need a special fitting to work, that people don’t wear these masks properly, and that these masks offer people a false sense of satisfaction and allow them to be relaxed about maintaining social distancing and washing their hands regularly.
And the most important among all – there are not many medical masks and respirators available for professionals in the health care industry.
Some of these modifications are big news.
As of last week, the government administration led by Donald Trump called out to the people suggesting that CDC is asking people to wear cloth face masks and covering in public areas where maintaining social distancing is no less than a challenge.
Similarly, the governors of New York and California have emphasized the need for using cloth face masks while traveling in public or even during social distancing. Reason being that the virus is fully capable of transferring from one person to another through asymptomatic and presymptomatic carriers.
That being said, these new changes came with a plight from the government that people should not use medical-oriented facemasks as they are facing a shortage, and make masks of their own. The medically induced masks would be given to the frontline doctors, nurses, on-call physicians, staff, and many more.
With the entire nation of the United States abiding by the laws of making their own personalized face cloth masks, many doubts and questions come. Let us take a look at some of the most common questions people have these days.
- Can face-cloth masks or any other masks capable of stopping the virus from entering our bodies?
The most important objective of wearing face masks is that you safeguard your mouth and nose, as well as keep others safe. While there is only sufficient information present about this deadly pandemic, it suggests that a majority of the people getting in contact with the virus are showing flu-like symptoms like coughs, high-fever, and other respiratory issues.
Among many, some people don’t feel anything but still are active in transmitting the virus from one person to another. This is one of the reasons why wearing face cloth masks at all times is advised by government officials.
According to the medical experts at the University of Columbia, if you are persistently coughing and sneezing, the mask can quickly gather all the droplets coming out of your mouth so that people don’t get exposed to these germs and viruses.
The medical experts also suggest that if your neighbors are following the same norm, there is a high chance that they will also be protecting you. So the masks regularly worn by people both inside and outside gives numerous health benefits to the people.
- If I’m wearing a mask and some random person coughs on me, would by face mask offer protection or not?
Yes, your face mask can protect you if you are wearing it properly, and then don’t touch your hands after wearing it.
The good news is that the droplets coming out of your mouth after you cough or sneeze on the fabric, whereas the next practice is to either remove the mask and wash it immediately or replace it with another one – without touching it.
The medical doctors and experts from the University of Columbia also state that some of the people are not taking this pandemic seriously. They’re not covering their face with masks and not following the guidelines given by the government.
- Are home-made masks safe? Should we use it?
As per the guidelines and chart map provided by the CDC, face-cloth masks are not as effective as the other masks present in the market. They don’t protect you from the virus, but wearing something is better than nothing.
Marketing research suggests that tea-towels and cotton-based fabric help in safeguarding the respiratory areas and keep the people safe. Other reports from Vietnam emerged a little while ago, suggesting that using face cloth masks can pose a more significant threat of getting an infection as compared to the other masks available in the market.