Surgical masks are crucial Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that are pivotal for filtering out injurious airborne particles that might pose a threat to the wearer’s health. Healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, and physicians use surgical masks while treating infected patients so that they do not get infected while treating infectious patients.
Since they treat people who have been infected by contagious diseases, it becomes pivotal for them to wear surgical masks. Face masks are also known as surgical masks. Surgical masks may not be as effective as the N95 respirator, but they are good at keeping an individual safe from harmful airborne particles.
The higher healthcare officials urged the public that we should cover our faces with fabric since it does not let harmful airborne particles enter an individual’s body. Moreover, it has become pivotal to do that during the novel coronavirus. A face covering can save an individual from inhaling harmful airborne particles. However, various factors affect the quality of a surgical mask. One of those factors is the facial fit of a surgical mask or a respirator.
It is pivotal for a surgical mask to have a tight facial fit to an individual’s face; this is because a little leakage could put the wearer’s life in danger as the wearer could end up inhaling the harmful airborne particles. That would not limit the spread of this fatal virus. It would do the contrary. Quality is an important factor in determining the effectiveness of a surgical mask. A surgical mask must be of good quality. Moreover, surgical masks help keep an individual safe from contagious diseases and viral infections such as the novel coronavirus and the influenza virus.
There are various items that scientists are testing to find the best fabric for protection against the novel coronavirus. There are different materials like flannel pajamas and pillowcases. Scientists have started looking for fabrics that do a good job of keeping an individual safe from harmful airborne particles. A few tests were conducted to determine the effectiveness of materials against harmful airborne particles. Vacuum cleaner bags performed well in filtering out harmful airborne particles. The efficacy of stacked coffee filters was fine as well.
Different products like scarves and bandana were the materials that performed the worst, but they did manage to trap harmful airborne particles from entering the body of an individual. If you have not tested the quality of material, and you want to figure out the effectiveness of fabric, you can determine the quality of the material by passing it through light. Hold the fabric next to bright light. If the bright light passes through the material, the material is not that effective. However, if the bright light does not pass through the material, the material is effective against aerosols and harmful airborne particles.
In addition to that, it is pivotal for the material to be thick as well. If the material is thick, it means that the material can filter out more airborne particles and airborne particles of different sizes. The biggest problem that an individual face — who wants to make a mask at home — is that they build a respirator that is thick enough to trap harmful airborne particles from entering the body of an individual and breathable enough to breathe freely without facing any difficulties; this is the difficulty an individual face while making a mask at home.
Various masks have been considered effective in filtering out harmful airborne particles, but in real life, they are unwearable because of the thickness of the fabric of the mask. Therefore, it is pivotal for companies to manufacture surgical masks that are thick as well as breathable. Since the N95 respirators have gone short in the market due to immense demand, some people have started designing surgical masks at home. There are some materials like cotton which are essential in trapping harmful airborne particles and filtering them out as well.
Materials are crucial in determining the quality of the surgical masks. The more effective the material, the more harmful airborne particles it can filter out. 3M is the largest manufacturer of N95 respirators. Before the pandemic began in the United States, they have been selling N95 respirators at a fast pace. They have sold more than one billion N95 respirators internationally as well as locally. They have sold a plethora of surgical masks as well.
The reason they succeeded in selling a large number of surgical masks and N95 respirators is that their products are effective at filtering out harmful airborne particles. In addition to that, the quality of their products is exceptional, and the cost of their products is good as well. They have made good products at an affordable price. Their N95 respirators and surgical masks are thick enough to filter out harmful airborne particles and breathable enough to breathe freely without facing any breathing difficulties.
There has been an acute shortage of N95 respirators and surgical masks after the pandemic started spreading in different parts of the United States. Therefore, some people have started designing surgical masks at home to deal with this immense shortage. They are making masks at home that are effective in filtering out harmful airborne particles of the novel coronavirus. These people are suspicious of the respirators that are sold online because they do not believe in the effectiveness levels of these masks.