Wearing a mask has become an inseparable part of our lives in the present world.
A study from the Journal of Hospital Infection found that wearing a face covering slashed the risk of infection by 24% for a simple cotton covering and up to 99% for a professional, medical-grade filtration mask. There are many myths floating regarding the wearing of masks and of course the dreaded Coronavirus.
MYTH 1: Masks can be made from any material as long as the face is covered. Innumerable mesh and lace masks are available online for purchase with sellers claiming that the masks are more breathable
FACT: Such masks hardly fulfil the function of trapping large respiratory droplets from talking, coughing and sneezing -- that could contain the coronavirus. The Right Masks feature a tight-knit material and a filter pocket to help prevent respiratory droplets from passing through the mask. The most protective masks, N95 respirators, block 95% of tiny particles, including viruses.
MYTH 2: Thermal scanners can diagnose the coronavirus.
FACT: Thermal scanners can detect whether someone has a fever which might result from any number of health issues. There are instances where even if a person develops symptoms, they may have a normal temperature for days before a fever begins.
MYTH 3: Spraying chlorine or alcohol on the skin kills viruses in the body.
FACT: Applying alcohol or chlorine to the skin can cause harm, especially if it enters the eyes or mouth. These chemicals can disinfect surfaces, but people should not use them on their bodies. Also, these products cannot kill viruses inside the body.
MYTH 4: Wearing the Right Mask can cause us to breathe in more carbon dioxide
FACT: The Right Masks cover the bridge of the nose (above the nostrils) and extend below the chin without gaps on the sides, completely covering the nose and mouth. People often suggest that these masks trap exhaled carbon dioxide and can cause people to breathe in more CO2. The WHO says the prolonged use of The Right Masks does not lead to CO2 intoxication or lack of oxygen.
MYTH 5: Hand dryers kill the coronavirus
FACT: Hand dryers do not kill SARS-CoV-2. The best way to protect oneself and others from the virus is to wash the hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. When this is not possible, we should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
MYTH 6: Masks can weaken our immune system there’s this idea that human immune system is strengthened by exposure to bacteria and other pathogens.
FACT: The American Lung Association says there's no scientific evidence that wearing a mask weakens the immune system. Wearing the Right Mask does not negatively impact our immune system.
MYTH 7: Only sick people need to wear face masks
Just because one is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms doesn't mean that the person is not sick. The CDC cites more than a dozen studies that show asymptomatic or PR symptomatic people can still spread the coronavirus, even if they're not aware they're sick.
FACT: With growing evidence that the coronavirus could be airborne, meaning it could linger in the air long enough for someone to breathe it in and become infected. Wearing the Right Mask forms a barrier that traps virus-containing droplets emitted by the wearer.
Thus, we can safely and confidently say that if when we are not wearing the Right Mask and we breathe in the same air as an infected person who also isn’t wearing a right mask, our risk of acquiring the coronavirus increases - multiple fold.