In this deadly second wave of COVID-19 pandemic situation, health experts recommend wearing double masks for better protection and safety. This article will guide you through the needs and benefits of double masking.
With such a tremendous rise in the COVID-19 cases in the nation, every one of us are taking the necessary possible precautions to ensure our safety. Our only priority at this point of time is safety by all means. Last year in 2019, when Coronavirus took its turn, our concern was should every one of us need to wear a mask or only the individuals with symptoms like sneezing, coughing, and cold need to wear. With the second wave of COVID-19 rise, we have come to the point where the health experts recommend wearing double masks. This article will throw some light on the need, benefits, ways, purpose of double masking.
With the whole world fighting against this deadly virus with not enough data about the available vaccines and medicines, all that we can do to protect ourselves and others is only by wearing a mask. Certain reports say that even if you are a carrier of COVID-19 and asymptomatic, you can stop the spread by wearing a mask. So basically you are protecting others by wearing a mask. COVID-19 generally spreads from one person to another through the respiratory droplets which travel through air when you cough or sneeze. Masks are a barrier that prevents respiratory droplets from reaching others. Basically, masks are a weapon to be used in this war of COVID-19.
When you are wearing a mask, make sure it covers your mouth and nose, and do make sure that you can breathe through the masks. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after wearing the mask. You should wear and take off the mask by only touching the bands or ties. You should not touch the masks elsewhere. If you do so, make sure you wash your hands immediately.
There are different types of masks such as:
Surgical/ Disposable masks.
N95 respirator masks.
There are some types of masks that work better in fighting against COVID-19. Similarly, some types of masks are not recommended for fighting against COVID-19 like:
Masks that do not fit properly.
One layered mask.
Wearing a scarf or handkerchief.
Masks with exhalation valves or vents.
Masks that are made from fabric that is loosely knitted.
Masks that are made from materials that are hard to breathe.
In public gatherings or crowded places.
Any time when you are traveling on public transport.
Any time when you are around too many people who do not live with you.
It is better to wear a mask at home if someone you live with is sick with COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
When you wear a mask on another mask, it is called Double Masking. It is basically wearing two masks. Currently, in this second wave of COVID-19, where the cases are rising tremendously, health experts are finding out ways to control the spread of this deadly COVID-19 virus. They consider double masking to be a strategy to fight better against this COVID-19.
There are many benefits from wearing double masks. Now you will wonder about how to wear double masks safely. Here are a few tips you can follow to wear double masks and to ensure safety. The first thing you have to do is to choose the combination of masks wisely as certain combinations of masks may not fit properly or in some combinations, you may find it difficult to breathe then you should avoid such kinds of combinations. Here are such kind:
Avoid wearing two surgical masks.
Avoid wearing any other type of mask with N95 respirator masks as you do not need to wear any other type of mask along with it.
From various studies and reports, health experts recommend wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask.
Before wearing double masks in public places, try wearing them at home.
Make sure you can breathe properly through the double masks.
Make sure that both masks are tightly fit. The outer mask should press the inner mask close to the face.
There are many potential benefits when you wear double masks. The benefits are:
It offers better protection.
Usually, COVID-19 infected respiratory droplets transmit from one person to others while talking, coughing, or sneezing. Wearing a mask prevents infectious respiratory droplets entering the body. The health experts generally recommend using masks with at least two or three layers of fabric. Wearing an additional mask can offer better protection.
It gives a better fit.
When you wear masks that are loosely or improperly fit, then there are chances of respiratory droplets escaping through the mask. This can be prevented by double masking.
Double masking ensures increased filtration.
The layers in the mask filter the virus-containing respiratory droplets before you get to inhale them. When you wear double masks, you are ensured with increased filtration. The power of filtration increases when you wear double masks.
These are some of the benefits of wearing double masks.
In this rising pandemic situation where safety is the primary concern, who will refuse to take double safety. With the limited knowledge of available vaccines and medicines, all that we can do is protect ourselves with the available protective measures. Mask is the only weapon available to fight this war of COVID-19. Along with wearing a mask, maintain social distance, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and get vaccinated as per the guidelines.
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14 May 2021 - 4 min read
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