Which face mask should you buy and why?

Which face mask should you buy and why?

Not long ago, the concept of shopping for a face mask was far from “normal” here in Australia. If 2020 has taught us anything it’s to expect the unexpected. Now that the face mask market is properly flooded, we wanted to take the time to help you understand what to look for in a mask and make the purchase that best suits your needs and keeps you safe!

What is the purpose of wearing a face mask?

Face masks may help prevent people from spreading the virus to others.

COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. When a person with the virus coughs, sneezes or speaks, they may produce small droplets which can be inhaled by others in close proximity. When worn correctly, non-medical face masks can assist in reducing the risk of spreading these droplets.

What is the difference between a medical and non-medical face mask?

A non-medical face mask effectively covers the mouth, nose and chin, without being of surgical quality.

These types of masks are recommended for everyday people who aren’t considered high risk and don’t work in healthcare.

Are non-medical face masks effective against the Coronavirus?

When worn correctly, non-medical face masks can assist in reducing the risk of spreading these droplets.

Masks alone will not protect entirely against the contraction of viruses. Additional precautions such as hand washing and physical distancing are essential, even when wearing a mask.

Does the 'WHO' recommend wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The World Health Organisation recommends wearing a face mask in settings where social distancing is not possible.

In some states, face masks are considered mandatory in all public spaces. Visit the world health organisation’s website for the most accurate and up to date information and to learn more about when and how to wear a mask.

 

Are non-medical face masks safe and effective?

When worn correctly, non-medical face masks can help reduce the risk of spreading viruses from person to person.

A recent study by Duke University looked at 14 of the most common non-medical masks to test how well they work.

Triple-layer surgical face masks performed very well in the study, however these are designed to be disposable. For reusable face coverings, the study looked at homemade cloth masks, of similar shape and design to our urban reusable face masks. The masks that performed poorly included neck fleeces and bandanas.

 

How to care for your reusable face mask:

If your mask is made from cloth, make sure you are machine washing it regularly. If there is visible dirt or damage to your mask, it should be replaced.

Reminders

      - Make sure you remove your mask with clean hands
      - Disposable masks should not be laundered and re-worn
      - Store masks in a clean space when not in use
      - If your mask has filters remember to replace them every 14 days or sooner, depending how much use you’re getting from your mask

Where to buy face masks Australia

Find quality disposable and reusable face masks by Regal at one of our stockists.

All statements made in this article are for informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for health advice.