Boris johnson has announced new measures to ensure the safety of the UK public where social distancing isn’t applicable, Although Scotland, Wales, and Northern ireland are abiding by their own rules, it's a step towards fighting the virus.
With the PM’s announcement has also left a lot of confusion on the general public on how these guidelines should be followed and rightly so.
Since the beginning of the covid-19 spread, companies have come under increasing pressure from an ethical and practical point of view. Many companies have changed their manufacturing process to assist the world any way they can. Major companies including Dyson have become one of the first to drop its guns, and pick up production of ventilators to accommodate the severe infections of Covid-19 in hospitals that will be worse affected by the virus.
At this time, we should be providing the healthcare industry with all the disposable PPE they need to accommodate the supply chain shortages. Other companies like Irish Linen Properties, are offering solutions that will protect you in the workplace or in public. Check out 6 Irish designers who are selling reusable, washable, and fashionable face masks.
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Franklins Group & Companies have done the same, from producing fine irish linen for over 2 hundred years, we have gained insight on how useful linen can be to fight the virus. Upon this, we have launched a new website solely on providing irish linen masks - washable face cover solutions to the public, called Irish Linen Properties. We created face covers to allow the UK workforce to gradually get back to work and back to the new normal!
Is face covers mandatory?
Following the latest announcement by the UK government and WHO (World Health Organisation), in the UK and indeed the rest of the world, are encouraging people to wear face covers in an effort to reduce infection in areas where social distancing can’t be applied.
It isn’t mandatory, but this is subject to change at any given time, with social pressures to abide by public perceptions, are you going to be the one who is left out? The general public has become very forthcoming in aiding any way it can, in order to prevent further danger to society. The public is to be commedated with their hard work any given time during this pandemic.
Throughout the world, over 50 countries have adopted face cover protection to be mandatory in public, with some countries already having measurements in place, with the UK to soon follow.
Even though face covers aren’t mandatory just yet, it doesn't mean you shouldn’t follow government advice, after all, lockdown began with the government and provided how the public copes, lockdown will end with the government. Following this, the public are urged to protect themselves any way they can.
Are face covers effective?
Face cover materials are wildly varied, one cover may be completely different to the last cover you used, and may or not be as effective. It's hard to completely say that yes, that face cover will be effective.
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With Irish Linen Properties, our covers are manufactured from Linen which have been known for many centuries. The beneficial properties gained from using linen. Some of the benefits are known and some aren’t. Here, we will be focusing on exactly why linen face covers are going to protect you from Covid-19.
How can linen be utilized in the Covid-19 fight?
Linen for years have been known to have many useful features that can be sure to keep you protected and keep your cover fully effective. Let's mention a featuress on how our face covers can protect you in these uncertain times:
Linen is antibacterial?
Linen is derived from flax which is also a big component in its ability to combat bacteria. There aren’t many materials in the market that can provide the same traits of what Linen can provide. Studies have shown that when introduced into an infectious area, that Linen saw a reduction between 30% on the low medium and 55% average of the high medium, showing that linen is beneficial to protecting yourself against Covid. For this reason above, flax and linen have become widely used in the medical industry for non disposable face covers. With irish linen face masks, we use the same method:
1 ON, 1 OFF - This allows you to have the best chances from contracting the virus, by simply wearing 1 mask a day, once the day is over, place the face cover into the washing machine so it can be freshly washed and be ready to use again.
Allowing these masks to be washable is a massive benefit in terms of money and time, stopping from further purchasing disposal PPE which will eventually run out as we can see from the latest figures. In this climate, disposable PPE is becoming scarce and often hyperinflated because of the demanding supply chain. Irish Linen Properties face covers last decades, with linens durability and is known as one of the strongest natural materials, Irish Linen Properties Face Covers is your best bet in long lasting PPE.
Another massive benefit of linen is its cleaning parameters. Linen is one of the strongest natural materials withstanding boiling temperatures, allowing you to sterilize at high temperatures giving your linen reusable purposes, and this is exactly why we are using linen to further benchmark the beneficial properties of linen.
One secret that has be been known for Linen, is its regulation of heat against the material. This is another fantastic feature that when:
When you're feeling quite cold and chilly, our face covers regulate heat giving your extra heat when needed, much like what climba cool has done with their sportswear, the same is applied with Irish Linen Properties face covers. The face cover traps the heat from your body to keep you warm, this is also important when knowing that linen will reduce your chances of passing on the virus or becoming infected yourself.
When wearing our face covers, you won’t get overburdened with excessive heat building up, and essentially causing perspiration around the mouth area, often leaving you clammy and unable to catch your breath. Our face covers don't hold or cling on to moisture, moisture is quickly evaporated, wicking the excess perspiration from your skin, leaving you as fresh as you did before you put on your face cover.
With our PPE disposal materials, they can become very clammy and uncomfortable, eventually leading to removal of the cover, just to catch a breath. Disposable PPE isn’t reusable and can be quite dangerous, and can become airborne, although its benefits are fit for purpose, the covid strain is known to be very aggressive and PPE can only do so much, and with the world struggling with the demand of PPE, we need to think of alternatives to PPE. With Irish Linen Properties, we have created our face covers specifically to give the public the best chance of staying safe and providing PPE that is fit for purpose with its natural properties.
Minimum Fluff / Lint
Why is this important in the fight against covid? Fluff and lint in these trying times is now considered very infecable. Why you ask? Wearing clothes that shred with fluff or lint is known to be airborne, seeing small ‘hairline’ fibres floating in the air? If you were to become infected, these types of materials have certainly increased your chances of infecting others and being infected yourself.
Governments have introduced new measures Like being unable to shake hands or simply touch anyone or anything. It's also important to understand what other measurements you can take to ensure your risk of infection. Highlighting THIS topic is important when understanding the benefits of minimum infection. With Irish Linen Properties face covers, our linen naturally has very little fluff or lint, perfect for everyday use, without producing fluff or stray fibres.
Hypoallergenic conditions can come in many forms, whether this is from people with sensitive clean, asthma, and people who suffer internal allergies like hay fever etc.
Irish Linen properties face covers can prevent such allergies from playing a part in your daily life. Linen can protect you from these annoyances and can prevent them completely from entering your airways. People who suffer from allergies, often replace their bedding with linen as this catches the allergies and locks them in, preventing you from further irritation.
Face Masks Homemade?
Want to create a perfect sized face mask? Irish Linen Properties also offer a face masks DIY style you can make to fit your own size. Why not try to learn a new skill or brush up on your old techniques while creating your own personalised homemade face mask with various choices of colours to choose from?
Another fantastic feature is that our face masks are completely reusable and washable, giving you a long lasting lifespan and will save you money in the end. Our Face Masks are also sustainable, and 100% recyclable, leaving a small carbon footprint. We supply single packs or six packs in our homemade face masks packs.