COVID Masks –
Now that COVID-19 became part of the norm, there are many masks in the market. Some of them are fashionable, others are disposable, and some are reusable. Which one should you pick?
According to experts, N95 masks are highly recommended. N95 is considered a medical mask says Erin Bromage, associate professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech also agrees with N95. An N95 mask’s material and filtration ability aren’t “going to degrade unless you physically rub it or poke holes in it,” Marr said.
Comparing it to other masks, N95 is well fitted to prevent any particles from entering your nose or mouth. The polypropylene fibers in the mask act as a barrier against the air. This is why it is the most recommended mask against COVID.
To reuse N95 masks as safely as possible, avoid touching the front outer part of the mask. Instead, try to handle it by the edges or straps. If the mask becomes damp, visibly dirty, bent, creased, or otherwise damaged — including from wearing makeup — you need to replace it.
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