What to Look for in a Face Mask for COVID-19 Protection: How to Use PPE Properly
As our world steadily makes its way back towards a steadier pace, cities across the country are determining how to allow us to transition back into normalcy. In paced phases, we will begin to gain access to other essential services and some non-essential services. As we begin to integrate we need to be careful not to spark a second pandemic wave by taking precautions to protect ourselves and others. One of the best ways to do this while out in public locations is through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE is an easy and effective way to ensure you are not spreading germs and that you are not contracting any yourself.
There are now so many mask options available, including home-made ones, but what exactly are we supposed to look for when purchasing a face mask for COVID-19? Here is what you need to know to keep your family safe!
How is COVID-19 Spread?
“Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs.”
Alongside these recognized symptoms, there is also the increased risk of coughing and sneezing which are the key contributors to passing on the virus. COVID-19 is spread most commonly by an infected person through respiratory droplets, close contact, touching a person, or touching a surface/item and then touching your face.
According to the Government of Canada website, the most common way to contract the disease is through “person-to-person” close contact. With this in mind, how do you protect yourself? How to reduce the chance of exposing yourself to germs caused by coughs and sneezes, especially in public places? Answer: With the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
How to Protect Yourself
As our world is well aware, one of the best ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus is to stay home, avoid contact with others, and work to reduce the spread of germs and flatten the curve. This includes:
- Regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer
- Consistent cleaning practices at home
- Social distancing
- Quarantining yourself should you experience any of the coronavirus symptoms
- And using a PPE, such as a face mask while in public places or running essential errands
The CDC recommends that the public wear cloth face coverings when venturing out into any type of public setting where you come into close proximity with other people. The reason why face masks are recommended is so that you can keep your face covered in various environments where social distancing measures are difficult to follow. These areas could include medical appointments, small office spaces, grocery stores, city transit, etc.
What to Look for in a Face Mask
Currently, the Government of Canada has issued that all medical masks (surgical, medical procedure masks, and respirators) should be kept and worn by medical professionals or those in direct contact with COVID-19 patients. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t masks available for you to use to protect yourself!
There are a number of cloth face mask options available in stores, online, and additionally, Canada.ca offers some guidance on how to make your own proper mask that will protect you from the potential spread of germs. When determining what type of mask to purchase, consider the following features:
- Mask allows for easy breathing
- Mask should have multiple layers for greater protection
- Mask fits snug on to the face and can be secured behind the ears or around the head
- Mask fully covers your nose and mouth
- Mask can be washed and reused (if not, multiple masks should be purchased so you can discard worn ones)
If you are unsure of where you can purchase a face mask, First Edition now offers Personal Protective Face Masks that are washable, anti-bacterial, multi-layered including filter layer, have a nose-fit design, and are reusable up to 20 times! These masks are available in black and white cloth and can be mailed (or with curb-side pickup at our Calgary office) quickly to your home!
Take the time to protect yourself from the spread of germs and reduce your risk of contracting the disease while integrating yourself back into public places. Your health and safety are a priority, so find a mask that works for you and keeps you healthy and protected!