Why Wear a Mask?
COVID-19 virus spreads easily from person to person contact. virus carrying droplets dry fast enough to form droplet nuclei and remain airborne eventually landing on different surfaces.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been detected in aerosols for up to three hours and on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days.(N.Engl J.Med. 2020)
Masks lower the chances of coronavirus entering the respiratory
System through droplets still in the sir froman infected person.
Reducing the chances of inhaling the virus by wearing a protective mask that is cleaned thoroughly using a combination of approaches that use heat, UV light, water, soap and alcohol, will be vital to stopping its spread.
Key Differences between Disposable and Homemade Cotton Masks
|PROPERTIES||DISPOSABLE (Surgical) MASK||HOMEMADE (Cotton) MASK|
|Use||Single use||Multiple use|
Should NEVER be washed
as it damages filtration
and protection ability
Can be reused easily
shown further in this document
Medical store stocks of
such masks are likely to be
Can be easily made at
home with available cotton
Must be disposed after one
use in a closed bag with
household waste to prevent
virus from travel
Can be easily cleaned after
use with ingredients available
Before using the handmade mask remember:
- Thoroughly wash and clean the mask before wearing it.
- wash your hands thoroughly before wearing the mask.
- As soon as the mask becomes damp or humid, swithch to another mask and clean the used mask.
- Never reuse a mask after single ue without cleaning it.
When removing the mask:
- Do not touch the front or any other surface of the mask, remove it only with strings behind
- For string mask, always unit the string below and then the string above
- After removal, immediately clean your hands with 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer or with soap and water for 40 seconds
- Drop it directly into a soap solution or boiling water to which salt has been added