Facemasks: An Effective Protection Against COVID

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The coronavirus pandemic has virtually upended the way we live, work, and interact with one another. As the country slowly reopens, a new normal is emerging — one that requires social distancing and wearing face masks as ways to protect ourselves from contracting the disease. Indeed, the new normal comes with a new level of stress.

Face masks to protect during the corona pandemic have two functions: 1) they act as a barrier to incoming germs, such as infected droplets from the coughs or sneezes of others, and 2) they also shield others against your own possible germs. They may also provide a third function in providing a physical barrier to stop you from touching your nose and mouth if you have traces on your hands picked up from other surfaces. 

The most popular facemasks for non-healthcare workers are surgical masks — most often blue with white borders. They fit loosely across your nose and mouth and shield against the large droplets that come from a sick person’s cough or sneeze. But note that facemasks won’t totally block the coronavirus; it’s an added layer of protection for you and the people around you when you use it along with regular hand washing and social distancing measures — like staying 6 feet away from others.

You can also make your own cloth facemask using the following guidelines:

  1. You can sew the fabric, tie it around your face, or fold it around some hair ties for ear loops.
  2. Use at least two layers of material.
  3. Add a copper or wire ribbon on the nose of the mask to help it fit better.

Helping you breathe easy — and comfortably — is our top priority

For those with conditions that require the use of nasal oxygen, Cannula Comfort Cushions™ will make things easier for you. The cushions work to widen the surface that meets the skin to prevent impressions left by the small nasal cannula tubing and straps from facemasks. Designed to provide crease protection and tube support for your face, it prevents tube collapse and roll —a critical safety precaution —and lets you sleep comfortably. For more information, contact us today.

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