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Masks to wear against the Novel CoronaVirus (2019-nCoV)

by Nariyoung Kim

 With the increasing number of people getting infected by the Novel Coronavirus in China, it is no question that the people are getting more anxious about this virus strain. This resulted in more people eager to wear a face mask to fend off the virus, but what are the kinds of masks that are effective for the virus?

Surgical Masks

                These are the most common kinds of masks because they are cheap and very comfortable to wear, but not effective in protecting the user from the virus. The surgical mask was made to be used by doctors to prevent them from accidentally spraying saliva and other mucous to their patients during surgery. They started being popular with the public as a means of fending off pollution or if they are sick and want to prevent other people from getting sick with their disease despite having no effect in the context of the virus.

Pitta Mask

                These are black masks that have the foamy texture that are commonly worn to prevent allergic reactions and pollen.  Despite having the ability to protect its users against pollen, these masks cannot filter the virus.

Paper Face Mask

                These are the ones made with 2 ply filtration paper and strings. This cannot help you with the virus, pollen allergies, and even direct sneeze spray.  

N95 Respirators

                These are the thick round ones commonly worn by welders or people working with industrialized dust. These are designed to have a very tight fit to your face and can block at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 microns) particles. These masks are highly recommended to wear in the context of the virus.

                Although masks can help protect you from inhaling the Novel Coronavirus that is airborne and prevent you from touching your mouth and nose directly, it is also important to remember that the virus can also infect you from the eyes. It is important to note that we should stop being anxious about the virus and instead be alert, observe proper hygiene and avoid touching your face to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.  


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