Protect yourself with home-made face masks

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 17, 2020

Soak the mask for five minutes before rinsing it under a tap for up to 15 seconds, then leave the masks out to dry or run it through the high heat of a dryer.

The WHO clearly states that wearing a face mask is only effective when used in combination with frequent hand-washing. Also, they may help lower the risk of people without symptoms transmitting the virus through speaking, coughing or sneezing.

For now, health officials are encouraging people to wear masks and face coverings in public to stop the spread of COVID-19.

"This sophisticated kit is likely to be more rigorous, more useful, but actually it's perfectly reasonable to wear a bandanna around your mouth or whatever, that will work, it won't be quite as good but it will be good enough".

Venezuela was among the first countries to impose the mandatory use of face masks in public back in March.

Cuba followed suit on April 6, and a day later Ecuador decided to make the use of face masks obligatory in public spaces.

As part of its community effort to protect the community from the virus, InMaricopa.com reached out to Maricopa fire Chief Brady Leffler and Maricopa police Chief Steve Stahl to ask if they needed face masks for their firefighters and officers.

The National Department of Health, therefore, recommends that everyone in South Africa should wear a cloth face mask (also known as a non-medical mask) when in public.

On the same day, Turkey ordered all of its citizens to wear masks when shopping or visiting crowded public places.

Health articles in Firstpost are written by myUpchar.com, India's first and biggest resource for verified medical information.

On Wednesday afternoon, InMaricopa passed out dozens of free masks to families.

On April 9, Cameroon imposed masks for people leaving their homes.

The general public should not be buying the Centers of Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) approved facepiece respirators face masks. This applies to green areas such as parks and beaches as well as public places such as roads, squares, religious facilities, commercial facilities, and marketplaces. The way masks help is by making sure that if you are infected, as you breathe you are not adding the virus to the air around you, spreading it to others.

The WHO says masks should be made of three layers - with cotton closest to the face, followed by a polypropylene layer and then a synthetic layer that is fluid-resistant. Unless the novel coronavirus infects you, that is, in which case the mask is mandatory. If you're wondering about the effectiveness of these home-made masks, when the use of even surgical masks was discouraged not too long ago, you're not alone. In as much as these nose masks are quintessential to reducing the spread of the COVID-19 particularly from asymptomatic patients, it doesn't nullify the adherence to other preventive protocols such as regular washing of hands, the use of alcohol-based sanitizers and the observation of social distancing protocols.

Spain made it compulsory on May 20 for everyone older than six to wear masks in indoor public spaces, and outdoor ones when it is impossible to keep more than two metres apart.

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