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New Study Outlines The Best Materials For DIY Face Masks

Covid-19 is an infectious disease and a pandemic that has been spreading like wildfire for the past few months. Affecting millions of people throughout the globe. Almost the whole world was locked down at the beginning of the outbreak creating panic & distress through masses of populations, creating a shortage of basic commodities especially surgical & other sorts of preventive face masks.

The spread of the virus started from the Wuhan province in China

The virus transmits from one person to another through little droplets while coughing, sneezing, or even while talking. Hence, making it necessary to use some sort of a face mask, which helps in filtering the air we breathe in. However, the effectiveness of different types of face masks varies a lot based on how it fits our face and the sorts of material used in the making process.

Masks like N95 & N99 were short in the market at first as those were mainly used by medical staff and in high transmission risk areas. Being considerate towards people at high risk is our societal as well as moral obligation, hence, high-end masks should be left for such high-risk people as well as for the older people or the people with an underlying disease or medical history. This calls for effective use of DIY masks in our daily routine. A study has shown some of the most effective materials for maximum prevention, which include twill or tightly woven cotton, quilted cotton materials, and natural silk, etc.

Wearing a face mask on a regular basis protects you from the infected people and vice-versa. Hence, reducing the chances of its wide spread.

Other preventive measures include not touching your eyes, ears and nose in case you have had outside exposure till the time of washing or sanitising your hands.

Keep your face coverings in a plastic bag until the time they are washed or else dispose them off in a proper manner.