Do I need to wear a face mask?-Series 4/5

Do I need to wear a face mask?

No doubt you have seen pictures or even people walking around wearing surgical or protective N95 masks. 

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While this might seem like a good idea, wearing a mask in many cases does more harm than good to you and your community.

Healthcare workers are the only people who can help us get better when we are sick. Because of the current shortage of face masks in the world, healthcare workers are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19. If healthcare workers get sick, there will be no one to take care of the sick people, and COVID-19 may continue to spread.

So…do you need to wear a mask?   The answer to this question for most people is No.

When to wear a mask…

As a Community Immunity Ambassador, you can help to be part of the solution by urging others not to buy masks or protective gloves for their own use. These are a limited resource, desperately needed by our healthcare workers and the sick.

You should only wear a mask if:

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You will now learn about the different types of masks and how to correctly put on and remove a surgical mask

What is a N95 Mask?

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An N95 mask is specially designed to filter airborne particles. 

It needs to be fitted properly to ensure its effectiveness.

Purpose: Prevent inhalation of airborne particles (that may contain infectious agents)

Usage: When there is air pollution such as haze, caused by minute particles in the atmosphere

N95 masks are recommended for healthcare workers.

What Is a Surgical Mask?

A surgical mask has 3 layers (3-ply) which serves different functions:

  • Outer layer – fluid-repelling;
  • Middle layer – barrier to microorganism entry; and
  • Inner layer – moisture-absorbing.
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Purpose: Provide barrier protection against droplets including large respiratory particles 

Usage: Protect both residents and healthcare professionals against possible respiratory infection

Surgical masks are recommended for those who have infections or those looking after close contacts with infection at home.