COVID-19, WHO: BROADER USE OF MASKS MAY LIMIT SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
The World Health Organisation, WHO, opens the door to greater public use of homemade masks or other mouth coverings as a way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Although WHO recommends that face masks should primarily be worn by health care staff, Dr. Mike Ryan is positive towards a more widespread use of home made mask or similar ways of covering the mouth would be a means of reducing contamination.
“We must preserve medical surgical respirator masks for our frontline workers. But the idea of using respiratory coverings or mouth coverings to prevent coughing or sneezing projecting disease into the environment and towards others ... that in itself is not a bad idea,” Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference on 3 April.
Ryan acknowledged a “very important and healthy debate” on the wearing of masks. He said that if used, they should be part of a comprehensive strategy and would not negate the need for handwashing and social distancing.
“So we can certainly see circumstances in which the use of masks, both homemade or cloth masks, at community level may help in an overall comprehensive response to this disease,” he said (go to full article)
MORE COUNTRIES FOCUS ON CIVIL USE FACE MASKS
This statement goes hand in hand with the recent development in many countries, where the use of face coverings is either heavily recommended or even made compulsory when people are out in the public. Currently it’s being heavily debated around the world whether wearing a face mask will stem the spread of Covid-19. The WHO says countries must weigh the risks and benefits when it comes to advising the whole population about wearing face coverings.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control agrees that medical face masks should be prioritised for healthcare workers. But it says non-surgical face masks might help stop the spread of coronavirus by people who are contagious but have no symptoms (known as asymptomatic transmission) Further in the light of this, many airline companies have now made the use of face mask compulsory during flights.
Below are some of the European countries that have made the civil use of face masks compulsory
- Austria: (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52143873)
- Slovakia: https://www.euractiv.com/section/coronavirus/opinion/facemasks-against-covid-19-why-slovakia-became-the-trailblazer/
- Czech Republic: https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/24/coronavirus-czechs-facing-up-to-covid-19-crisis-by-making-masks-mandatory
- Germany: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/27/europe/germany-face-mask-mandatory-grm-intl/index.html
- Belgium: https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/facemask/
In the US and UK, discussions are going on whether or not the use of masks should be mandatory, however, the tendency is that the use of some sort of face protection is recommended.
- United States: https://www.livescience.com/cdc-recommends-face-masks-coronavirus.html
- United Kingdom: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/coronavirus-face-mask-rules
"The main argument for using a face mask is that, rather than protecting healthy wearers from infection, face masks could prevent carriers who are either asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic from unknowingly spreading the virus to others when coughing, sneezing, or during a conversation."
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FEATURES OF FACE MASKS FOR CIVIL USE AND THE CAREFIX BARRIER MASK
As for the recommendations to civil used face masks, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
The Carefix Barrier Mask for civil use fulfils these requirements, but is recommended over a home made face cover primarily because its design provides a good fit that makes it not only comfortable to wear, but also ensures correct placement at all times which prevent the user from touching the mask too much. This is important to prevent hand-to-face contamination.
The Carefix Barrier Mask is used as a passive support garment and it may also help minimize the transmission of airborne organisms from coughing, speaking, sneezing or respiration from persons nearby. Furthermore, it can be washed at 95°C/203°F and reused up to 25 times.
Tytex is continuing the expansion of this reusable and washable barrier mask to help support the increasing demand for face covering solutions. Learn more about the the Carefix Barrier Mask or reach out on email [email protected] or phone +45 9660 4200.
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