There are other types of mask, such as an N95 or N100, which are masks with a filter that can catch viral particles. N95 masks have been shown in scientific studies to block viral particles, therefore providing safety to the person wearing it.
Both well-fitting surgical masks and N95 masks have been shown to be effective in preventing the transmission of SARS by 68% and 91%, respectively, tests relating to SARS-COV-2 are still ongoing.
If you want to get one of these highly filtered masks, be cautious in ensuring a good quality product due to a large number of counterfeit products on the internet.
The use of face masks is valuable in preventing droplet spread, it disrupts the forward momentum of particles expelled from a cough or sneeze. This aims to prevent disease transmission and protecting others by preventing the virus from entering the breathing zones of people nearby. Also, be cautious in handling masks as viral particles can settle on the outer surface after exposure.
Therefore when removing, practice caution, don’t touch the front of the mask, fold it inwards and then ensure it goes straight into the washing machine and of course, wash your hands!
Elizabeth is a qualified epidemiologist and Public Health specialist.