In times of a flu outbreak, we all try to find ways to be safe from it. There are lots of rumors as to what actually works and not. Wearing masks, frequently washing of hands, using hand gel or liquid sanitizers are some of the preventive measures that we are all known to take.
While the best way for all of us to avoid this, is by avoiding crowded areas and communal area where the flu virus can easily spread. But then again, not all of us have the choice of simply staying at home and wait for things getting normal. School, work and traveling all bring us to be in the same place as the contaminated ones.
Wearing a cloth face mask will lessen our chances of being contaminated by a flu virus. The mask’s effectiveness varies with few factors including how we actually wear it, or what type of mask do we choose, and by using disposal techniques.
Added to that, there are lots of different shapes and sizes of a mask that one must consider. There are the soft flexible masks that you can easily tie around your head. They are priced cheap and come in large quantities. They are referred to as medical masks.
Another type of a mask that is more expensive than the first one is a form fitting type; this is pre-casted to fit the face of the user comfortably. They are often made with thin fibers that filter out particles that enter the mask when we breathe.
There are surgical masks that protect the doctors from fluids and mucus that are projected in air while they are operating or examining their patients. It is also capable of filtering up to 95% of almost all tiny particles.
If you truly want your mask to work, then you must wear it properly. Place it over your face and tie it properly. You do not want to have any gaps or holes anywhere around the masks’ edges. Such gaps can actually provide an easy access for bacteria or germs; note that the air that you inhaled will completely go around the filter of your mask