5 Viral Myths about Face Masks

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To reduce the spread of Covid-19, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone should wear a mask in public places. After this recommendation, different theories about face masks are spreading out. Various Myths and signals are spreading almost as quickly as the virus. 

Surgical Masks, which are used by medical workers are better than Cloth Masks. Cloth masks may not save you from Coronavirus droplets, but it doesn’t mean they are useless.

Here we have some most viral Myths about Face Masks:- 

Myth : Cloth Masks doesn’t provide any protection

Wearing a homemade cloth mask is the first and easiest step to stop the spreading of Covid-19. Cloth masks can help you to protect your family and community from this virus. 

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According to research, novel coronavirus is mainly spread through droplets. When someone sneezes, coughs or talks, viral droplets can come out from people’s nose and mouth. Here Cloth masks act like a physical barrier and can stop them from spreading into the air. 

It’s proved that Cloth masks can reduce the number of microorganisms that someone releases into the air. So the more people wear masks in an area,  less the amount of droplets can go viral into the air. 

Cloth mask can also help you to stop touching your face. If you wear a mask, it’s harder to touch your nose and mouth. 

Myth : Healthy people don’t need Face masks 

We have learned that not everyone who gets infected shows symptoms of Covid-19. Some reports show that people can get infected without getting sick. 

These people unknowingly can leave the virus in the air when they cough, sneeze or talk, which can enter someone else’s body while breathing. 

Now, we are not sure who’s infected. So, the best thing we can do is wear masks. It shows our care for each other. 

Myth : If I wear face masks, I don’t need to follow Social Distancing

Wearing face masks is a step to slow the spread of this virus. Unfortunately, they can’t prevent anyone from coughing or sneezing on you and they may not save you from getting sick. 

So, it’s necessary to follow all the steps recommended to protect yourself like practicing Social Distancing even with a face mask while going outside, avoid large gatherings and frequently wash your hands.

People with Face Masks

Myth : Face mask can make me sick 

There are some misconceptions on the internet that face masks can make you sick. People think that when you wear a mask you rebreath the carbon dioxide you leave and it can make you sick. 

Yes, it’s true that breathing carbon dioxide for a long time is dangerous but this is very unlikely to happen from wearing a cloth face mask. If you wear  face masks for a short period of time nothing more than a simple headache will happen. 

Myth: Washing your face mask after every use is not a must

Most people say that washing your cloth mask after each use is time consuming and not must. So, we wash it after several uses. 

But according to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) you should wash your cloth mask after each use. You can wash it with other clothes but with warm water or you can wash it by hand. 

If possible, dry your face mask in direct sunlight and before wearing make sure it’s fully dry. If you use a disposable mask, leave it for 10-14 days and allow the virus (if present) to die out.