Experts explain the best ways to handle and wash masks – and how to avoid ‘maskne’ which is an umbrella term coined to cover all manner of facial rashes associated with mask wearing.
Epidemiologists reviewed 25 studies of cloth face masks. Here’s what they found out about how well they work, why they work, who they protect and why the mosquito and chain-link fence analogy is wrong.
Evidence has shown masks likely do reduce the spread of COVID-19, so wearing them is a good thing – particularly as Victoria continues to grapple with a second wave. But one conversation we’re not having enough is around how to safely dispose of single-use masks. Disposing of used masks or gloves incorrectly could risk spreading the infection they’re designed to protect against.
Not every mask is equal. As countries around the world grapple with varying levels of mask shortages, one of the most effective types of face masks for blocking airborne coronavirus particles has been reinvented – with a brilliant experimental tweak that could enable us to make more masks with less material, and maybe save more lives as a result.
This post talks about various testing methods for checking the effectiveness of your homemade face masks. The purpose of these masks is to reduce the distance your breath travels to infect others.
The 5 myths answered are, will my oxygen level drop, wearing a mask? Do I need a mask, If I am not unwell? A mask won't stop a wearer getting ill. You don't have to wear a mask if you have a medical condition and its enough to just wear a mask.
“We looked at the data from 198 countries around the world, and we looked at mortality from coronavirus,” says lead author Christopher Leffler, a physician and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. “What we found is that the countries that introduced masks quickly—that is, before the outbreak had much of a chance to spread within their country—had a much lower mortality.”
"This is exciting news about the value of masking to prevent Covid-19," said Clay Goddard, the county's director of health. "We are studying more closely the details of these exposures, including what types of face coverings were worn and what other precautions were taken to lead to this encouraging result."
To encourage young children to wear a face mask while in public, some pediatricians have suggested that parents name, talk to it and even pretend to feed their child’s mask. While it may feel silly, doctors say that kids quickly adapt the same attitudes as adults, including for the use of face masks.
Data shows that countries that have a mask wearing culture, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and HongKong have had a much lower rate of cases and deaths and have been able to manage the spread of the virus.