New information about the pandemic seems to emerge daily. People can get infected by someone who has the virus and don’t know they have it because they have mild or do not have any symptoms. They are asymptomatic. So wearing a mask as an extra precaution should be considered so the infected person does not pass it on when they are around other people. Masks can have an impact in this fight and this study clearly speaks for itself. Click Here to see. Please also do your own research on what materials are best or safest to use, how to use masks and remove them safely, as well as how to care for and disinfect them.
Protective eyewear is something we should also consider, as the virus could enter through the eyes. One has to ask how can we stop an epidemic when people are only taking half measures in protecting themselves? Healthcare workers are wearing masks, protective eyewear, face shields, gloves, and protective clothing to avoid getting the virus. Our healthcare workers need them because they are being exposed to the virus a lot, that is why people are discouraged from taking those limited supplies. We need our healthcare workers to be healthy. However, we also need to take care of ourselves so we don’t end up in the hospital, overloading the healthcare system which has limited ventilators and supplies, as well as overwhelming our doctors and nurses.
The good news is we can do something helpful by making our own homemade personal protective equipment. Keep in mind masks aren’t the 100% perfect protection. They should be used with all the other safety precautions like social distancing, face shields, gloves, and hand washing, etc. We should not get a false sense of security at the effectiveness of a homemade mask but putting barriers between a person and that virus is a good idea! So let’s get busy and make masks for ourselves and others we are all in this together.
Warning:This article is for informational purposes and not meant to replace health professionals advise if you have any concerns please speak with your provider.