Using a mask during a virus outbreak
In times of a virus outbreak, our priority is to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Our health is more important than ever, and precautionary measures are a must. One of the most effective measures is to wear a mask. Wearing a proper mask can effectively block out respiratory droplets - the most common mode of transmission of viruses.
Key differences you should take note
Masks are classified into 3 broad categories: single-use, surgical and respirator masks. Apart from their naming conventions and the way they look, the main difference between these masks is their ability to filter out microns of various sizes.
Single-use face masks have a Bacteria Filtration Efficiency Standard of higher than 95% but they are only effective in capturing large dust particles. Surgical masks verified according to China’s standards have a Bacteria Filtration Efficiency Standard of higher than 95% and a Particle Filtration Efficiency Standard of higher than 30% as these masks need to fulfil higher requirements for filtering out virus-sized particles. Respirator masks, also known as the N95 or KN95 masks, are able to filter out more than 95% of particles which are the most difficult to capture including virus particles. The almost identical performance of the N95 and KN95 masks has enabled China approved KN95 masks to be allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in hospitals.
Hebeloft carries the MDL KN95 Respirators Mask that is FDA certified and made with melt-blown non-woven fabric. It features 3 layers of protection and a comfortable fit for easy breathing as you go about your day.
For greater comfort, we also have the Woorhitech Respirator N7101C mask which comes with 3D hemisphere shape and a built-in exhaust valve for easier breathing. The exhaust valve removes carbon dioxide from inside the mask, prevents moisture fogging and bad breath. It also keeps humidity level and skin temperature low inside the mask, making it suitable for individuals with sensitive skin or suffering from rashes due to long hours of wearing a mask.
While most adults do not have problems putting on a mask, children may face difficulties adapting as most store-bought masks are tailored to fit the adult face structure and are not suitable for children. Hence, we also carry the Kids Disposable Protective Mask. This mask is customised for kids to give a comfortable fit and for easy breathing. It is a 3-layer face mask that can be worn to provide protection against large-particle droplets that may potentially spread diseases.
Our selection of masks is carefully chosen to make sure that there’s something for you, your children and everyone in your family.
WHO safety tips when using a mask
Masks can only offer the protection it promises when used in the correct manner alongside proper precautionary measures.
First of all, remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before putting on a mask. If soap and water is not accessible, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser will do as well.
Hebeloft recommends the Pretty Skin Hand Sanitizer to keep in your purse on the go and clean your hands before putting on a mask.
Secondly, ensure that your mask is covering both the nose and mouth with no gaps in between your face and the mask for effective protection. While wearing the mask, refrain from touching it as the surface may have been contaminated without you realising.
Lastly, when you are back home and away from the crowd, remove the mask by removing the ear loops and keep in mind to only touch the ear loops of the mask. Discard the mask immediately and once again wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Hebeloft encourages everyone to stay home and stay safe.