Face masks are the general tool that is used to prevent the spread of disease. They may also be called laser, procedure, surgical, isolation, dental, and Medical Face Masks. These masks are loose-fitting masks that cover the nose and mouth with ear loops, ties, and bands, at the corners of the head. There are a number of brands that provide masks in different colors with the approval of the FDA. The masks protect and save the nose, and the mouth of the person who wears them from germs, dust, dirt, splashes, or sprays of body fluid. When someone talks to you, coughs near you or sneezes in front of you, they may release tiny drops that cause the spread of germs as well many other diseases from one person to another.

Types of Face Masks

  • Face masks with ear loops
  • Face masks with ties
  • Face masks with bands

Usage Instructions of Face Masks

Disposable medical face masks should be only used once and then thrown in the trash bin after removing them. When these masks get wet and have moisture, you must make sure to remove them immediately and wear another mask. If you want to store your mask, you should follow all given instructions carefully. In case instructions for putting the masks and removing them is not available for you, then you are required to follow the below instructions.

Procedure to Put Face Masks

  1. Clean your hands and sanitize them with a good sanitizer before touching your mask.
  2. Remove the mask from its box.
  3. Check that there are no obvious holes or tears on either side of the mask.
  4. Identify the top side of the mask with a stiff bendable edge.
  5. Identify the front side of the mask that is usually colored.
  6. Put the stiff edge and adjust to the shape of your nose.
  7. Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.

Procedure to Remove Face Masks

  1. Clean your hands and sanitize them with a good sanitizer before touching your mask. The front of the mask is full of germs so only touch the loops or bands or ties.
  2. Remove the mask from your mouth.
  3. Throw the mask in the trash bin.
  4. Wash your hands and sanitize them with a good sanitizer.

Approved Respirators

Many types of facepiece respirators are approved out of which N 95 is the most widely available respirator and is considered as personal protective equipment. Other types include N99, N100, P95, P99, P100, R95, R99, and R100, all offering almost the same or better protection and security.

Alternatives for Special People

Cloth masks with clear plastic or clear medical face masks are the alternatives and substitutes that are helpful for certain people or groups of people. These people are;

  • Deaf or those who have the hard hearing ability
  • Young children
  • Students learning to read
  • People with certain disabilities
  • Students learning the new or another language
  • People who need to see the proper shape of the mouth to make vowel sounds
  • Singers when singing

By Manali

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