Lets focus on some of the government information that is used as a guide to help us stay protected and what we need to do to follow guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus. Also, we will be discussing the new guidelines that will be adopted by many businesses that were closed during the covid-19 pandemic.
General considerations for the use of cloth face masks:
- The mouth and nose are fully covered
- The covering fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps
- You do not have any difficulty breathing while wearing the cloth face covering
- The cloth face covering can be tied or otherwise secured to prevent slipping
As we know for now, the general public have been asking for guidance on how to interact when in public. We look for this guidance within our governments and governing bodies to show us how we need to approach the new normal when working or out in public.
From what the scientific community is telling us, is that Covid-19 spreads from person to person. The virus is contracted via respiratory droplets from someone who is infected or is carrying the virus through sneezing, coughing, or shaking hands (But I would bet it's been awhile since YOU shook hands with another person)
The droplets, when passed through the air can land on your skin or your mouth. This is best known as where the infection begins for some individuals.
Following the CDC (Centers for Disease and Prevention) guidance states that:
“Studies and evidence on infection control report that these droplets usually travel around 6 feet (about two arms lengths).”
CDC recommends wearing Face Mask
The CDC has been recommending that when travelling or in public, that we should use face masks / face covers as much as possible and not just in crowded areas. This also applies in public places where social distancing isn’t possible as noted above, other public places includes:
- Grocery stores
- Petrol stations
- Public Transport
Reason behind wearing face masks?
What is the reason behind why they are suggesting this particular guidance on face masks? The scientific research is suggesting that by wearing face masks or face covers, that it can slow the spread of covid-19 by protecting your mouth from droplets.
With Covid-19, there are two given types of infection to watch out for in the new normal. Most people who are infected or know they have been exposed, become sick, understanding that they do indeed have symptoms of covid-19. If this is the case, the advice says you need to isolate for 14 days to minimise the risk of infection.
The other type, is people who are known as infected carriers, BUT, do not have any symptoms. showing that coronavirus seems to affect everyone differently. With people who have no symptoms, you need to be more careful and conscious when you're out in public.
But the people who aren't carriers are harder to detect, how can we assure the public that they are not spreading the virus? The answer is to wear a face mask to stop you from spreading and catching the virus.
How to clean your face mask?
Face masks are used as a step to slow down the mass effects of spreading the virus and are implemented to provide you with protection at the same time. Again, they can greatly reduce the hand to mouth touching, that we all fall victim to and it is estimated that we touch our mouth on average 3000 times per day! So, when understanding the facts, it makes more sense to implement the use of face masks when in public or situations where social distancing is can't be achieved.
The CDC has also given information on how to properly wash your face mask on a daily basis. How is the CDC advising the general public on how to clean their washable face masks.
With Irish Linen Properties Face masks, we have different washing instructions when compared to polyester or cotton. Our face masks are made from 100% Pure Irish Linen, and they have many natural features to mention that will give you assurance that you will stay protected.
How a Face Mask Protect from bacteria and Other Viruses?
In America, there has been one study that has supported the idea of making your own cloth face masks, and the results showed that there are many household items that can remove dust particles that are the same size in diameter as most viruses which is roughly 0.3-1.0 microns in diameter. The results showed that the best options to remove these particles is cotton products, this includes most most cotton fabrics, others include vacuum cleaners dust bags.
Our Face Mask are Antibacterial
Since our masks are made from Linen, this means that they naturally repel any unwanted bacteria. Bacteria that is caught in Linen can’t thrive or spread, bacteria exposed to Linen creates a hostile environment for the bacteria, slowly breaking it structure down and eventually destroying it from the source. This is the main reason on how Linen can protect you. Here are a few other materials to consider when researching the best face mask. Linen isn't mentioned as often as other materials, like cotton and polyester, but these other fabrics aren't as naturally benefiting like Linen is. When considering purchasing face masks or face covers, check out the 6 Irish designers selling reusable, fashionable face masks right now
Our Face Masks can be boiled
Another amazing feature to consider is how we can wash our face masks. With normal face masks that are produced from polyester and cotton, you should avoid boiling these materials because boiling can destroy the integrity of the material, it will go stiff and feel quite rough, losing its elasticity and shape. With our Linen face masks, you can boil your masks as much as you would like.
Linen is well known to withstand boiling temperatures without shrinkage or degeneration of the structural integrity. With our masks, you are encouraged to boil your mask regularly to ensure it is fully sterilised. But with Linen, it can be washed by hand or by washing machine. Linen is best washed in a machine with low temperatures to give a gentle wash for your mask.