As a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, people across the world have been aiming to find ways to protect themselves against the deadly virus. A topic which has sparked debate over the last few months is where or not face masks are a reliable form of protection against the disease and whether they are 100% effective.
With a vast amount of conflicting information online, it’s easy to get confused as to whether face masks should be worn as a preventative measure.
The good news is, that according to experts, face masks can reduce the transmission of the disease from one person to another. Masks, when fitted close to the face and sealed at the edges, can limit 95% of particles from escaping and infecting those in your surroundings and also limit your exposure to the virus.
From the 15th of June 2020, the UK has made it a mandatory procedure to wear face coverings in hospitals and in public places where social distancing isn’t an option.
Two types of face masks
- PPE face masks
Here at Bulkco, we stock a wide range of surgical face masks to be primarily used in medical environments. Surgical face masks are disposable and have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a form of protection against COVID-19. Due to limited resources, these types of face masks should only be used by medical professionals such as doctors and nurses.
These masks are designed to prevent droplets from the nose and mouth landing on others when sneezing or coughing, which could potentially contain viruses, as well as protecting you against droplets entering your respiratory system from other people.
If you would like to purchase a bulk of surgical face masks from us, check out our range here.
- Cloth face masks
The government has advised that those in public settings should wear face coverings that can be made at home. These should be worn when carrying out everyday tasks such as grocery shopping, visiting the hairdressers and other venues where maintaining the recommended two-metre distance from others is not possible.
Regrettably, these handmade masks don’t offer the same level of protection as surgical face masks, but they are the only reasonable alternative to help reduce the spread of the virus.
It is extremely easy to make your own face mask at home using materials such as cotton and a sewing machine. There are several tutorials online which may be useful to follow if you need guidance.
If you would like any further information on our PPE equipment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team today.