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What is a Fabric mask or a respirator?
- A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face or head and covers at least the nose and mouth.
- Fabric facemasks are loose-fitting and provide only barrier protection against droplets, including large respiratory particles.
- No fit testing or seal check is necessary with facemasks.
- The role of facemasks is for patient source control, to prevent contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes.
- It is used to reduce the wearer’s risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles (including infectious agents), gases or vapors.
Why use a Fabric Mask?
- Shortages of specialized masks moved health officials this month to liberalize their recommendations about which face protection front line health-care workers should use to ward off the highly contagious disease stemming from Corona virus.
- Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals.
- Fabric masks and fabric materials covering the mouth andnose may serve as a reminder to not touch those areas with the hands serving to minimize contact transmission and reduce exposure to liquid splashes and droplets.
- The Fabric masks can be washed and used repeatedly as needed.
- It is not the ideal choice but it protects individuals during the pandemic.
- It is used to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases.
- These masks can block the respiratory droplets of coughing or sneezing patients — the principal way the virus is spread.
- Facemasks with elastic ear hooks are easy to wear
- Homemade fabric masks should never be considered a better or comparable option to medical masks such as the N95. However, due to mask shortages around the country, the CDC (Center for disease Control and Prevention) has issued new guidance in that regards.
- The filtration efficiency of improvised fabric materials is comparable to some commonly used Federal Drug Agency-cleared surgical masks and unapproved dust masks.
- The filtration performance of fabric materials is similar in some aspects to some surgical masks to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases.
- Filtration performance of the fabric material cannot be estimated a priori from material composition because it is mostly dependent on fiber characteristics, including diameter, charge, and packing density.
- A combination of several measures including the use of respiratory protection devices, gloves, and other hygienic practices may reduce the spread of infectious diseases considerably than by a single method.
- Most facemasks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and donot prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.