As the United States begins to move into the next phase of reopening restaurants, salons, and other businesses, public health officials are working to ensure they do it in the safest way possible. One of the required safety measures is the use of face masks when you are unable to obtain social distancing. Researchers have found that face masks protect not only the person wearing them, but also others they may come into contact with. Without face masks, the Coronavirus can be spread airborne through coughing or sneezing. However, when people started wearing face masks, there was an initial uproar of the safety and proper use of them. We put together a list of the 4 most common face mask myths and the truth behind them.
Debunking 4 Common Face Mask Myths
There are still many misconceptions about face masks for preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. It’s important to know the facts vs. myths to stay safe and healthy and keep others safe and healthy as well.
Myth #1: You don’t need to wash your cloth face masks or throw away disposable masks after each use.
Depending on how often you need to wear your face mask, disposing of it after each use can seem unreasonable. But to use your face mask properly and safely, it’s so important to do so. When you wear your face mask, the filter lining can get moist from your breath. This ruins the face mask because bacteria can grow from the moisture. Dispose of your face mask if it has come in contact with a surface that may be dirty as well.
According to the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), if you have a cloth mask, here are the proper ways to wash your face mask:
In the washing machine:
When washing your cloth face mask, set the water to hot/warm. Additionally, use a regular laundry detergent to kill germs and bacteria you may have come into contact with.
Add 4 teaspoons of a disinfecting bleach per quart of room temperature water. The face mask should sit in the solution for 5-7 minutes. Following the disinfecting bleach soak, rinse the face mask out thoroughly with room temperature water.
Tumble dry your face mask in the highest heat setting.
Smooth your face mask out, including folds if possible, to lay it as flat as possible. Hang drying it in direct sunlight is best, since it can help kill bacteria.
Myth #2: It’s okay if your face mask fits loosely on the sides.
To properly wear your face mask, the CDC says you need to have your nose and mouth completely covered without gaps on the sides, nose area, or chin of the face mask. The purpose of this is to prevent respiratory droplets from escaping out of your face mask and into the air, minimizing the potential spread of infection.
Please note, if your face mask becomes loose on the sides in public settings where social distancing is not possible, wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly and move away from people. Then, remove it completely to ensure you put it back on the correct way. Wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly again before putting it back on, since the face mask will come into contact with your mouth, nose, and possibly eyes.
Myth #3: Face masks are dangerous.
A common concern with being required to wear face masks is related to the breathability and how much Oxygen you are really getting while wearing it. We all know, humans need Oxygen. Health says, “Normal levels of arterial blood oxygen are between 75 and 100 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).” Although face masks can be very uncomfortable and it is possible for a small amount of CO2 to build up. However, many doctors advise that the incident of you getting Carbon Monoxide poisoning from wearing a face mask is extremely slim, as long as your face mask is breathable. Inhaling too much Carbon Dioxide can be fatal, however, so it’s important to note the symptoms and signs of having too little Oxygen:
- Abnormal headaches
- Noticeably elevated heart rate
- Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, and/or fainting spells
- Lack of coordination
Myth #4: You can only catch COVID-19 airborne.
The most common way of spreading the Coronavirus is through person-to-person contact. People carry the virus in their saliva and it is extremely contagious. However, you can also contract the virus from touching infected surfaces. If an infected person touches their mouth, eyes, or nose, then touches a commonly touched surface, it can spread. Therefore, the virus can be spread both airborne and by touching surfaces infected with the virus. Although scientists are not sure of how long the virus can live on surfaces, research suggests that it can last from a few hours to up to several days. That’s why it is extremely important to disinfect commonly touched surfaces often and either wash your hands or sanitize your hands frequently as well.
About Our Face Masks at Remedi Pure
Our 50-count disposable face masks at Remedi Pure are great for daily protection from allergens, bacteria, viruses, and airborne pollutants to help you breathe easier while also protecting others. The face masks are made of an outer layer of non woven fabric, a middle layer made of filter fabric, and an inner layer made of a soft, gentle facial tissue. They’re also fluid-resistant, unlike cloth masks, to provide protection against large droplets or sprays of bodily fluids. The comfortable extra soft elastic ear loops are non-woven skin-friendly fibers, designed to eliminate pressure to the outer ear. Our face masks are ideal for use running errands or visiting public areas such as grocery stores, pharmacies, parks, post offices, and more – where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Plus, you can place an order conveniently online from your phone or laptop!