Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, health experts around the world have urged everyone to wear masks, sanitize frequently and maintain social distancing. But, as the deadly coronavirus continues to mutate all around, the question remains – which mask will provide the most protection against variants? Currently, the planet is battling the Omicron variant of the coronavirus which has infected many people around the world and continues to do so.
On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization designated Covid-19 strain B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern and named it Omicron, which is claimed as the highly contagious strain compared to the previously Delta variant. dominant that crippled the nation during the second wave of coronavirus in 2021.
And knowing this, many wonder what is the best mask against the Omicron variant of Covid-19? According to the United States national public health agency the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks contain droplets and particles when a person breathes, coughs or sneezes so as not to transmit the virus to others. ‘others. If a mask fits snugly on the face, it can also offer some protection against particles carried by others, including the virus that causes the coronavirus.
The US health agency informed that each mask offers a different level of protection which is determined by its type and how it is used.
“Loosely woven fabric masks offer the least protection, thinly woven layered masks offer more protection, tight-fitting disposable surgical masks, and KN95s offer even more protection, and tight-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators ( including N95s) provide the highest level of protection,” the CDC advised.
Not only that, but the agency also added that whichever mask a person chooses, it should provide a good fit, meaning it fits tightly to the face with no gaps along the edges. or around the nose and should be sufficiently comfortable when worn correctly, i.e. it should cover the nose and mouth.
So hurry, find yourself a perfect mask to avoid Covid infection.
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