As we all know about the current world situation as Corona Virus hit around the world early of this year which causing millions of deaths. As the number of infected people keep increasing the World Health Organization has announced that this virus as pandemic virus on 11 March 2020.
Malaysia also is the one of the countries who being affected from this pandemic virus causing about 163 death in total. We can see a lot of changes in our life norms such as wearing a face mask as an essential item that we need to bring when going outside, result from this we can see different type of face mask sell in the market right now since then a lot of debate circulate on what type of face mask safe to use.
What Type of Face mask Suitable to Use?
Normally face mask that we see is basic cloth face mask, surgical face mask and N95 face mask but the question is which one that is suitable to use? Early of this pandemic attack in Malaysia medical face mask are really hard to get due to high demand also many suppliers take advantage by raising the price and even worst some individual sell recycle face mask.
On 1st August 2020 government announced that it is compulsory to wear face mask when in the public, since then many cotton fabric face mask available in the market which is cheap compare to the medical surgical face mask. Availability of this type of face mask become hot issue debate by Ministry of Health Malaysia which is not encourage to use in terms of its material, hygiene and effectiveness to protect from the virus.
Unlike surgical face mask which is recommended by WHO due to its material consist of 3 layer, external layer is a hydrophobic layer that can repulse water made from polyester and polypropylene or mix both. Middle layer is made from synthetic non-woven material that prevent water absorption and finally, an internal hydrophilic layer which can assimilate water made from cotton or mixed cotton.
Different between N95 and Surgical Face Mask?
According to FDA US Food and Drug Administration N95 respirator is a respiratory defensive device intended to accomplish an exceptionally close facial fit and extremely effective filtration of airborne particles. Surgical N95 Respirators are usually utilized in medical care field.
While surgical face mask is a expendable device that makes a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and possible contaminants in the environment. Surgical mask are not to be shared and might be marked as surgical, isolation, dental, or medical procedure masks (US FDA).
Surgical mask is made from non-woven fabric and have various layer with capacity to shield you from contact with fluids. Oceancash Pacific is one the leading company manufacturer non-woven fabric product that is mostly produced face mask used in the medical field, for more information visit our page directory to know more.
Is Wearing Face mask Can Protect Us from COVID-19?
Is wearing face mask can protect us from corona virus? Indeed, joined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing help slow down the spread of the infection.
So, why face mask not suggested in the beginning of the pandemic? At that time, experts didn’t have a clue about the degree to which individuals with COVID-19 could spread the infection before symptoms showed up.
These disclosures drove public health group to do a turn around on face mask. WHO and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presently incorporate face mask in their suggestions for slowing the spread of the infection. The CDC suggests cloth face mask for the public and not the surgical and N95 mask required by medical care providers (mayoclinic.org).
In conclusion wearing face mask is one of the precaution step to slow down the infection and most importantly it’s all about ourselves discipline and responsibility to prevent it.