The spread of Covid-19 remains to be a concern for everyone and it will continue to do so until a vaccine is found. Right now, the best thing that we can do to protect ourselves is to follow health protocols that reduce risk of infection. These include proper handwashing, wearing protective equipment like AOXING Masks, and social distancing. But how effective are these measures against the virus? The answer lies on how you observe these measures and the quality of protective equipment you use.
Frequent and proper handwashing reduces risk of infection up to 99% while social distancing of at least 1 meter can reduce risk of infection to 82%. In the case of face masks, your risk reduction rate depends on the type of mask, its’ quality, and proper use. We have seen a lot of face masks in the market since the pandemic started. These include medical grade face masks, disposable masks, DIY masks, washable cloth mask, fashion face masks, etc. Mind you there are even fake masks being sold so beware of those as they can only give you a false sense of protection. Now given all these options which one would you pick?
Choosing a Mask for you and your Family
DIY/Fashion/Cloth Masks. Trendy and washable cloth masks for everyday use are quite popular but you must be aware that these masks also give you the least protection.
“A University of Cambridge study published in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, an Official Publication of the American Medical Association (AMA), tested the efficacy of using cloth mask against disposable face mask and N95 (KN95) masks. The study concluded that “homemade mask should only be considered as the last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals, but it would be better than no protection.”
While they may be good for quick errands or short travels, you may want to get additional protection if you are going to areas where social distancing may be hard to maintain or if you’re expecting prolonged exposure in public areas. Kinda like the “ayuda” lines recently seen on TV or grocery and bank lines that may take you almost an hour before being admitted inside.
Disposable Face Masks or Surgical Masks. These are masks usually worn by medical personnel during procedures. It is designed to protect the nose and mouth area of the wearer from contact with microorganisms shed through liquid droplets and aerosols as well as filtering large particles in the air. It also helps reduce the spread of the virus by reducing the exposure of others to respiratory secretions or saliva of the wearer. These masks are commonly used by front liners and employees with high levels of social contacts. For those with work-from-home arrangements, it is ideal for days wherein errands would require face to face contact with multiple individuals or when going to areas with high risk of exposure like medical facilities. Lolos and lolas who may not have serious ailments can also use these masks when interacting with people who do not live with them.
A good quality disposable face mask can reduce your risk of infection up to 78.6%. If you want your family to feel safe and protected with their masks then AOXING Disposable Masks are a good option. It features:
– 3-ply non-woven fabric material
– Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) of >95% FFP2
– high spec filter layer
– pre-filter layer
These features help facilitate the filtration of particles that may contain the virus. Aside from filtration, fit is another criterion of a good face mask. This mask has an elastic cord that helps keep the mask in place and a nose piece that helps ensure a proper fit. It also has a space keeper so the mask doesn’t feel oppressive and also provide relief from dyspnea.
KN95 Respirator Mask. These are medical grade disposable masks used by healthcare providers. They are able to filter both large and small particles and are designed to block 95% of small particles. The KN95 AOXING Masks are designed to protect the wearer from solid and liquid aerosol, droplets, virus, and particles. It features:
– 5 layers of materials made from non-wovens and electrostatic cotton
– elastic ear loops
– nose-piece for the nose bridge
– Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) of 95% FFP2
This KN95 respirator mask from AOXING can reduce your risk of infection by 98.9%. They are ideal for individuals with high risk for infection like the elderly or immunocompromised individuals whenever they would require face to face contact with people who are not living with them. Another good thing about KN95 AOXING Masks is that they also have disposable masks for kids aged 3-14 so you need not worry about finding a mask fit for your bulilits.
Face masks and face shields are now mandatory requirements for commuters or anyone going out to public area. This is why it is important to choose the right mask that can give you the best protection available.
Aside from the design and quality of the masks, the FDA and CE approval of AOXING Masks also makes people feel safe and protected when wearing it. The fact that it passed clinical and laboratory tests from Shenzen Academy of Metrology and Quality Inspection (China), SGS (USA) and Nelson Laboratories (USA) also increases consumer confidence in the product.
Finding the right protective equipment is just one part of the equation. They must be handled and worn properly to make sure that you are protected from possibly infectious particles. Face masks that are not worn properly is simply a waste of protective equipment. Aside from ensuring that face masks are worn properly, it is also important for parents to teach their kids about the importance of wearing masks.
How to wear your face mask properly
1. Wash hands thoroughly and dry it properly. Make sure that hands are clean, dry and sanitized before picking up the face mask.
2. Pick-up mask and put gently on the face covering the nose and mouth area. For disposable face masks, the colored side should be facing outwards and the white side is the one touching the face.
3. Once the mask is positioned properly, pinch nose piece against the bridge of the nose to secure position.
4. Place ear loop in each ear and adjust the mask to make sure that it is molded according to the shape of your nose and face. Mask should cover the entire nose, mouth, and chin. A proper fit will prevent the mask from riding up or down your face and exposing your mouth or nose while talking.
With Covid 19 cases and death tolls coming in a steady stream and quarantine measures eased, we can’t afford to take chances on our health and the health of our loved ones. As they say prevention is better than the cure so let’s take all the protective measures we can make and keep our family safe. Wash hands, wear a mask, and keep your distance. Whether you’re at home or on the clean hands, a safe distance and AOXING masks can make every member of the family feel safe and protected.
AOXING is available in 22 locations across the globe:
France USA (Los Angeles) Portugal
Spain USA (California) Morocco
Poland USA (New York) Russia
Czech Republic Mexico South Africa
Denmark United Kingdom Australia
Holland Italy Thailand
Germany India Singapore