There are not many reasons why you should not be wearing a mask whilst shopping and on public transport in the UK. It is hard to avoid covering up your mouth and nose, so this blog post contains all the information you need to know about wearing a mask. I am sure there will be anti-mask wearing people reading this post, hopefully this post helps you to decide that wearing a mask is for your safety and others. Wearing a mask saves lives.
Why should I wear a mask?
Masks are effective as a ‘source control’ as they can prevent larger expelled droplets from evaporating into small droplets that can travel further. Masks can also prevent transmission in high-risk scenarios. Wearing a mask can also block out droplets coming directly from another person’s mouth. A study looked at COVID-19 deaths across 198 countries and found that those with cultural norms or government polices favouring wearing a mask, had lower death rates. Researchers also predicted that 80% of the population wearing masks would do more to reduce the virus spread than a strict lockdown. To read more about the evidence that wearing a mask is effecting in preventing COVID-19, visit this website here.
What different types of masks are there?
Surgical Mask: These are also called medical mask or disposable masks. They protect the wearer’s nose and mouth from contact with droplets, drips, splashes and sprays that may contain germs. A surgical mask also filters out large particles in the air. This mask can protect others by reducing exposure to saliva. You only get one use out of these masks, but they are a great addition to have in your bag in case you forget to bring a N95 or fabric mask.
N95 Mask: As a type of respirator, these masks offer more protection as it can filter out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales, specially 95% of particles. These masks are also easier to breathe through. N95 Masks are also disposable and a little on the expensive side but because they offer the most protection, they are brilliant for vulnerable people.
Fabric Mask: Also called Cloth Masks, these are intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. If everyone wore cloth masks, this could massively help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by people who gave the virus but do not realize it. These masks come in all different shapes, sizes and styles.
Homemade DIY: There has been lots of memes etc about creating your own DIY face masks, yes they are funny but on a serious note, it is important you know how to make sure your handmade mask is safe. If you decide to use items like scarves and bandana, make sure they are tied correctly and cover your nose and mouth. Study has suggested that the best materials to use are tightly-woven cotton or twill and natural silk.
Putting and taking off your mask correctly:
- Wash or sanitize your hands before and after putting on and taking off your mask
- Place your mask over your mouth and nose
- Make sure there are no gaps and it is tight fitted.
- Do not touch your mask while wearing it, if you do touch it, was or sanitize your hands afterwards.
- If your fabric mask becomes wet or dirty, switch it to a clean one.
- Remove the mask by untying it or lifting odd the ear loops without touching the front of the mask.
- Regularly wash your fabric mask with soap and hot water by hand or in the washing machine.
- Do not pull your away from your face to speak.
- Do not rest mask on your chin.
How can I stop my mask from fogging up my glasses?
Wearing a mask can be a struggle for spectacle-wearers and as one myself, I can say that it is very annoying. Sometimes it is embossing too. I have found this video that contains a few tips on how to stop your glasses from steaming up and it is brilliant! To watch the video click here.
So here is all you need to know about wearing a mask in the UK. Let us know if you have any other questions and we can try to answer them! Thank you for reading, wear a mask and stay safe.
Sources I used to write this post.