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Face Mask: Why You Should Wear It

Updated: Oct 25


Do you notice people around you wearing masks and think they're fools for covering their faces? Then it’s high time you learn about the importance of wearing a face mask during this coronavirus outbreak.


Despite the COVID cases reaching an all-time high in the US, a majority of people are still not ready to take recommended safety precautions. With the aim to spread awareness, we have compiled in-depth guidelines regarding the benefits of different types of masks to help you decide “To wear a mask or not to wear a mask”.


Why Wear a Face Mask?

Don’t you hate it when someone coughs or sneezes without covering their mouth? Ugh - that is disgusting!


And how about if the person coughing near you is a COVID patient? You definitely won’t want them to transfer germs over to you. This is when a face mask comes into play.


The World Health Organization(WHO) reports that 80% of all diagnosed patients are asymptomatic. This means that most patients may never experience the symptoms such as dry cough, fever, sore throat, body aches, and more. In other patients, these symptoms appear around 2-3 weeks after they have caught the virus. During this time, they unknowingly transmit the fatal disease to healthy people if they don’t wear a mask.


These are tough times, not only for our country but the entire world. The key to nailing this test is to think as a community. You should wear a mask for the safety of others. If everyone starts thinking this way, the spread of the disease would significantly decrease and we can overcome this challenge soon.


Debunking Myths

“Hey, never wear a face mask. It can damage your brain!” Nope, that is absolutely false!


With health professionals recommending the general public wear face masks, we often hear such comments from ignorant people who are against wearing masks. Let’s debunk those myths and explore the truth.

Some people believe that masks are of no use. But they can actually prevent large droplets from spreading through the air when you talk, cough, or sneeze. Not only should sick people wear masks, but healthy people as well.


It’s also a prevalent misconception that wearing a mask reduces oxygen supply and weakens your immune system. But health experts have clarified that this isn’t true.


I Don't Know Blip About Masks

If you are unsure which kind of mask you should purchase, then the following guide will help you out.

  • Surgical Mask

Surgical masks are easily available in the market and should be disposed of as soon as they get wet. But since they loosely cover your nose and mouth, they aren’t perfect for protecting you from the infectious disease. You can wear this face mask if you intend to go outside for work or a jog in the park. Remember, it’s better to take precautions rather than facing the painful and unpredictable symptoms.



  • · Cloth Mask

Cloth masks aren’t 100% effective as compared to other types of masks. But wearing a mask with layers of cotton cloth is better than not covering your nose and mouth. These masks aren’t suitable for health professionals that directly come in contact with patients. However, when doing grocery shopping or traveling in a vehicle with others, you can wear this mask to reduce the risk of catching airborne diseases.


  • · N95 Mask

N95 masks are effective in keeping infectious diseases at bay. They aren’t suitable for the general public as they fit tight on your face and may cause discomfort. Health professionals wear this mask when treating COVID-19 patients. However, if you choose to buy this mask, you would be happy to know that it offers the most effective protection against particles and germs in the air.



Also, it is best to opt for a mask without an exhalation valve. Such N95 masks let your germs leave the mask,which doesn’t prevent you from infecting others.


Conclusion

With the rapid increase in COVID-19 spread, it’s a must to wear a face mask. This reduces your chances of catching the disease and also gives you the peace of mind that you are less likely to transfer this infection to others.


So, wash your hands, avoid unnecessarily going out, keep hand sanitizer with you, try to maintain a safe distance from others, and stay careful. Together, we can overcome this crisis and stay healthy!


At InBox Printing and Tees, we offer custom printed masks. Whether you want to buy a mask that goes well with your outfits and makes a statement, or intend to promote your business with the help of branded masks, we can help you out.

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