What face masks protect against the coronavirus wuhan flu?
You may be worried about the Wuhan coronavirus flu that has sickened many in Singapore and Asia and you are thinking about what precautions you can take. The 2019-nCoV virus is going to remain for the foreseeable future so please take some precautions.
Here are some simple ways you can start applying to keep yourself safe and healthy
- Do not touch your face or mouth unnecessarily.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often.
- Wear a face mask when you are sick to prevent infecting others.
- Keep strong and healthy, eat lots of fruits for vitamin C
The public is now buying as many face masks as possible to prevent them from catching the coronavirus. You should understand the different face masks and the different protection provided.
There are a few different types of face masks to protect against us from the coronavirus.
- N95 respirator face mask
- Surgical face masks – 3 plys
- Surgical face masks – ATSM1 and ATSM2
N95 respirator works best against the virus.
The N95 mask is the best protection, as the antiviral N95 mask is thicker and filters the air of the virus. It is the reason why medical staff and doctors use N95 at their work.
However, for the public, it is not recommended to wear the N95 currently. This is because it is quite challenging to wear these masks on for a long period of time because it is more difficult to breathe. You have to work to breathe as the material is thicker. Your face and mouth will get hot and moist.
Surgical Face Masks 3 ply
A surgical face mask usually has 3ply for filtering and to repel water and particles away from your mouth and nose.
A surgical mask may not be sufficient to block the virus directly, but it is most effective and good at keeping pathogens from your nose and mouth. Wearing a surgical face mask in public is sufficient to protect yourself against the flu virus given that community contagion is not happening yet.
How do I wear a surgical face mask correctly?
You need to make sure you are wearing your face mask correctly to covers both your mouth and nose.
- Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer before touching the mask
- Remove a mask from the box and check there are no tears or holes on either side.
- The top of the mask is the one with a stiff, bendable edge that is meant to bend to contour around your nose.
- The front of the mask is the coloured side (usually blue or pink) while the side that faces your mouth is white.
- Hold the masks by the ear loops, place each loop over each ear. If it is band or strings, tie it securely over your head.
- Mold or pinch the stiff, bendable edge to contour around your nose.
- Make sure your mask covers both your nose and mouth securely.
How to remove a face mask correctly?
- Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
- Avoid touching the front of the mask, only touch the ear loops or bands.
- Pull the loops and pull the mask away from you. Dispose of it carefully in a rubbish bin.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
Where to buy surgical face mask in Singapore now?
You can buy 1 box of surgical mask at Daiso for $2, however they are restricting purchases to 1 box per person.
Most pharmacies, stores, and supermarkets have limited stock of surgical masks. You are expected to queue up for a long time to buy these masks.
Unfortunately, stocks are currently sold out, do like and follow https://facebook.com/seniorcareshop for latest updates on stock availability.
Where can I collect surgical face masks from the government?
Each household is entitled to a pack of 4 masks, with verification via your NRIC. The government has started the distribution of facemask from 1st Feb and is expected to finish the distribution by 9 Feb 2020.
If you want to know where to collect your surgical face masks, please visit https://www.maskgowhere.gov.sg/
The Singapore government has also highlighted that they have supplies of face masks and will be making further rounds of distribution when the need arises.
Here is a live active map of the areas in Singapore where victims caught their virus. https://sgwuhan.xose.net/
The good news is that you cannot catch the virus by visiting a place where a victim has visited before. There is no evidence of community spreading of the Wuhan flu virus.
You can rest assured that visiting any place in Singapore where victims have visited does not mean you will catch the virus. You can still visit VivoCity, Northpoint, Lot 1 safely without fear of catching the virus.
The mall management has also taken the effort to disinfect and thoroughly cleanse the place.
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