So here we are, Spring 2020 – The UK on lockdown.
Who’d have thought, as we celebrated New Years Eve, that just a few months on, we’d be immersed in this weird and worrying situation. Only venturing out into the big blue Covid19 yonder for essentials, exercise and work to minimise the spread of a highly infectious, potentially deadly virus so that our front-line heroes are able to deal with a Global Pandemic like nothing we’ve ever known.
We’re doing our bit to stop ourselves becoming sick or unwittingly spreading the virus – social distancing, hand washing, cleaning, sanitising like never before.
Some people are wearing face masks.
In parts of America and Europe, politicians and scienticts are encouraging citizens to wear face masks in public as an act of social responsibility. There is now discussion here in the UK on whether we should be wearing them too.
Can A Face Mask Protect Us From Covid 19?
Whilst nothing can be totally effective, this article from New Scientist states that, overall, the evidence suggests there may be a small benefit to wearing some kind of face covering.
But this pandemic has stretched resources, Personal protective equipment is in short supply and what ever surgical equipment there is should be reserved for our front line workers. One way round this problem is to make your own.
So What Makes A Good Face Mask?
According to the CDC a good face mask should:-
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shapYou can read more about it in their advice HERE