Which mask will you choose?
Face masks and covering are becoming an increasing part of our daily lives, as they are now mandatory in certain situations and places across the UK.
In England, face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in hospitals, and will be mandatory in shops from 24 July.
Government advice states that homemade cloth face coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission in some circumstances.
Face masks are meant to prevent both larger droplets and smaller aerosol particles we exhale from spreading. By capturing these particles as they exit our airways when we cough, sneeze or talk. This is important because evidence suggests these particles can carry a significant viral load that can survive for periods of hours or even days.
Some people want to buy face masks to protect themselves from catching corona virus, but it’s important to note that:
social distancing and good hand hygiene is the most effective approach basic surgical masks and cloth masks provide little protection against airborne particles, as smaller particles can still get through gaps incorrect mask use and reusing single-use masks can increase, rather than decrease your risk of infection
Government advice states that ‘face coverings are not intended to help the wearer, but to protect against inadvertent transmission of the disease to others if you have it a symptomatically’.
Cotton masks These are simple and lightweight, usually in either a pleated or moulded design. Look for masks with multiple layers of fabric for additional filtration, or a filter pocket, rather than just one layer.
Natural East have there own range of masks available in store – Visit Norwich or Wells to get your funky alternative before Friday.