Despite that Public Health England is still discouraging the use of medical face masks, many individuals disagree. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now published new guidance on wearing face masks. We are pleased to announce that we have restocked our supply of medical face masks, which are available to purchase on our online shop.
East Asian countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan have some of the lowest rates of coronavirus infection and mortality. This may be due to their vigilance in mask-wearing, enhanced sanitisation, social distancing and testing. Their experience with SARS in 2002/03 had enabled them to be better prepared for COVID-19. Western countries, on the other hand, have suffered major losses due to slow reactivity and a serious lack of resources.
The highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus is thought to be spread via water droplets when an infected individual coughs, sneezes or breathes. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that mask wearing may help to reduce the spread of droplets and prevent individuals from touching their faces. This is important because, if the virus is present on an individual’s hands, the virus may be transferred to their respiratory system simply by touching their nose or mouth. The coronavirus has been found to thrive and cause more harm in the mucosal tissue of the respiratory system. Combined with frequent hand-washing, wearing masks when going to public places such as the supermarket may help to reduce the spread of coronavirus. There is an increasing concern for front-line workers who are not provided PPE such as those working in supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores and delivery services.
The WHO advised that wearing a face mask is encouraged if used appropriately. Face masks are only recommended if they are used ONCE and disposed of properly, as masks can be contaminated with the virus can lead to further spreading. Before putting on a mask, you must wash your hands with soap and warm water. You should do the same after removing and disposing of the mask. Masks should be disposed of as soon as it is damp.
The WHO recommends single-use face masks for the following cases:
- Individuals that are taking care of a person with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
Face masks are only effective if they are used in combination with frequent hand-washing with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
If you would like to purchase face masks, please visit our online shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a partnership with YADU, which is one of 20 CE certified manufacturers of PPE in China. If you wish to work with us to provide more PPE supplies to those in need, please get in touch.