How manufacturers design face masks for your safety?
Health care workers wear surgical masks to avoid the broadcast of infectious diseases like COVID-19. The manufacturer constructed a surgical Earloop face mask of a material that comprised of three layers. Usually, the outer layer is fluid-resistant to prevent droplets from penetrating the face mask. The middle mask layer is a non-woven filter material that prevents particles from getting to the face mask’s inside. The face mask’s inner layer is a moisture-wicking layer to absorb the moisture in the breath and make the face mask more comfortable. The face mask manufacturer sews these three layers together, making it appear that there is a single layer.
When the face masks are fabricated, the three-ply material is gathered with all the wrinkles facing downwards. It is identified as the waterfall effect or torrent pleat.
The downward-facing pleat is a crucial safety feature of the face mask as it does not permit particles to rest on the fold that generates the wrinkle. When the crease faces upwards, then folds in, the wrinkles act like upon ledges for tiny particles to relax. Never flip your face mask upside down as that will result in the pleats facing upwards, allowing particles to rest on the face mask.
Things that you should not do while wearing a face mask:
- Don’t touch face mask as this can cause your hands to get infected or contaminated, or you can carry germs to your face mask with your hands
- Don’t wear your face mask under your chin for two reasons. First, you can cause microorganisms from the outside of your earloop face mask to get onto your skin. And second, if your face mask has germs or virus on it, you will be breathing air that is close to your face mask
- Don’t move the face mask from your mouth to talk, which causes you to breathe in and out undefended.
- Never move your face mask to drink or eat without removing your face mask properly and put it somewhere safe.
How to appropriately dispose of your face mask
COVID-19 microorganisms can spread when an earloop face mask is not disposed of properly. When it ends up on beaches and can get washed up into the ocean, it can create problems for sea people to mistake them for a food source. Sea animals can get twisted up in the face masks or swallow the face masks, causing digestive harm.
- Remove your earloop face mask with elastic bands. Fold it in half, moving only the sides of your face mask to avoid touching any bacterias on the front
- Throw single-use face masks into a trash can, if another one is available
- If there is any chance, your face mask can end up in sea waters, cut its strings before you put it into a garbage can.
- If you cannot find a trash can near, you can leave the facemask in your care for 24 hours till disposing of it to let the microorganisms die.
- Always wash your hands with good-quality soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after disposing of your face mask
- If using a cloth face mask, wash it properly before using again.