You will not be able to avoid getting infected by a good mask, but you will be less likely to contribute to the germ pool. Take a look at what the Centre for Disease Control has to say…” If you cough or sneeze, the mask can catch those respiratory droplets so that they don’t land on other people or surfaces.
Here list a list of face masks for you to choose from:
14 Essential types of face masks
1. Basic Cloth Face Mask
In the midst of the pandemic, especially Covid-19, people use this kind of face mask every day, while going out to the grocery store, market, gas station, or any other public place.
2. Surgical Face Mask
This mask is made from thin disposable material. Medical professional testing for Covid-19 is wearing a version of this face mask. It covers not just their nose and mouth, but also their eyes, cheeks, and forehead. Doctors and respiratory therapists also wear this type of face mask.
3. N95 Respirator
This respirator is worn by healthcare workers and medical first-hand responders dealing with critical situations. They offer a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles.
4. Filter Respirator Mask
This is a disposable mask and it is worn to decrease exposure to particles that come from wood dust, animal dander, and pollen. Those getting allergies may consider using this filter respirator type of face mask. And it is not mainly used to stop the spread of airborne diseases.
5. P100 gas mask
A P100 respirator isn’t frequently associated with healthcare as it does not prevent the spread of Covid-19. It is instead worn by painters, woodworkers, and anyone who may be in contact with lead, asbestos, or chemicals.
6. Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
These types of face masks are worn by firefighters so that they can breathe clean air in dangerous situations. If you purchase one during the spread of Covid-19, you are taking it away from a firefighter rescue worker, who actually needs it.
7. Full Face Respirator
Those who have respiratory issues or difficulty breathing in a surgical or cloth mask should use a full-face respirator. They are generally used for home improvement projects. They protect the eyes and face from dust, irritating vapour, mist, and splash chemicals.
8. Full-Length Face Shield
This full-length face shield mask covers the entire face, from forehead to chin. It is fastened with a cushioned headband. And it consists of a flimsier plastic version of the glass worn by welders. It is difficult to breathe in if one wears it for a long time.
9. KN95 Respirator
These are similar to N95 masks. Both capture about 95% of tiny particles in the air. But the difference is that N95 masks can capture larger particles.
It is a triangular or square piece of cloth, that’s often worn as a head or neck covering.
It keeps dust and other particles out of the respiratory system. It also protects droplets, cough, or sneeze-related spray. It is usually worn by cowboys during roundups.
11. Homemade Face Mask
This mask may have two or more layers of cotton cloth, as the more layers, the better the protection from small particles. It reduces the amount of potential virus you release into the air, in case you happen to be infected and do not know about it.
12. T-Shirt Mask
These are cheaper and easy to make, but they are not the most effective, often designed from old T-shirts. They can conform to the face, as it is a stretchy material. Its effectiveness can be increased by using more than one layer of material.
13. Cloth Mask with Filter
Some cloth masks bought from the store come with filter pockets. Simply slip a folded tissue into the filter pockets as a filter. Change the tissue filter daily. Masks with exhalation valves or vents should not be worn as it has chances of spreading Covid-19 to others.
14. Balaclavas and neck gaiters
These are a tube of fabric worn around the neck and can be pulled up or down as needed to protect the face and neck. It provides some protection and is not very active in preventing coronavirus.