At present there is no vaccine or medicine effective against covid-19, so what should we do if sooner or later people have to leave their homes?
At the beginning of the pandemic we may not have fully understood the effectiveness of mask use. As months go by and scientific studies advance, we can say with certainty that facemasks are a significant, concrete, scalable and affordable contribution to controlling the pandemic. The virus is transmitted through airborne droplets exhaled by infected people, especially when talking, coughing or sneezing.
Now we are in doubt, with so many models and types of masks, which model and how should I use it?
The how is very simple. We must always cover from the nose to the chin, this way we avoid that the virus enters.
And which one we should use depends on what kind of environment we are in, if the viral load is high or low, if it is well ventilated or not. Here we detail the 3 most used types of masks:
The surgical mask is a medical device that mainly limits the exit of respiratory droplets, thus preventing the transmission of the virus to other people. It should always cover mouth, nose and chin. Throw it away when it is wet and do not use it if it is not indicated that you can. Take it off from the back, without touching the front, throw it away in a closed bucket and wash your hands. Recommended use is 4 hours, and maximum use is 8 hours.
On the other hand we have the FFPII masks, which protect you and the people around you. It offers a 95% level of protection against bacteria and dust that can be harmful to your health. They are recommended for use in environments with higher viral loads.
Homemade fabric masks can also reduce the spread of the disease. However, the most effective and recommended fabric masks are those that guarantee the best filtration. At Kevin&Celsius we design 100% cotton fabric masks and they are manufactured in Spain. They have a water-repellent finish on the fabric that minimizes the risk of contagion by saliva drops and a biocide treatment that prevents the formation of bacterial cultures in the mask. Its double cotton layer reduces the risk of contagion by air. They are masks designed for private use, not for hospital or sanitary use. They contribute as a protective measure for daily use in environments that do not have a high viral load. In addition, they are resistant to 25 washings. Recommended use is a maximum of 8 hours. Then you should wash them, iron them and they are ready to use again! This way you protect yourself, others and the environment.