Coronavirus: Save Yourself From The Myths Surrounding The N95 Masks For Coronavirus Prevention

A mask can protect you from the deadly coronavirus, but it is necessary to get the proper kind

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Other DiseasesWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Jan 31, 2020Updated at: Feb 05, 2020
Coronavirus: Save Yourself From The Myths Surrounding The N95 Masks For Coronavirus Prevention

There is a significant concern about the rapid spread of coronavirus. Almost 1,737 cases and 38 deaths have been reported all around the world. In China, there has been a rapid increase of 8,200 cases and more than 170 people have died across the country. As it can be spread easily, The Chinese authorities have locked down cities. A recent example was reported in Kerala, India. The confirmed cases and deaths from this condition is rising. The World Health Organization declared a global emergency due to its rapid spread across the country. Before knowing if masks do help, let’s get an insight.


What is Coronavirus?

The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, is a type of virus that affects the respiratory system. The symptoms can be recognised from a common cold, high fever, SARS ( Severe acute respiratory syndrome”), infection is your nose or upper throat.

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Where did it come from?

According to various researches, Coronavirus is found in animals like camels, civets, and bats which are generally not transferable. Still, the virus mutates and can pass from animals to humans and from humans to humans. The virus originated from Wuhan, China in December 2019, where wild animals, including marmots, birds, rabbits, bats, and snakes, are traded illegally. Coronavirus can be spread through close contact within a range of 3 to 6 feet. A person could get infected from someone’s cough or sneeze. Of the primary 41 cases, 27 had some exposure to that market, consistent with a report within the medical journal the Lancet. 

Do masks help?


Face masks are not on-demand across various countries. There are two main sorts of face masks that are getting used to trying to that. One may be a standard surgical mask – the type worn by surgeons during operations. These masks are designed to dam liquid droplets and might lower the prospect of catching the virus from another person. The other face mask is N95 respirators that offer more protection. In China, citizens can be seen wearing fruit rinds, plastic bottles, sanitary pads amid the coronavirus outbreak. Various Companies have been working to supply citizens with protective masks.


Recently, A myth has been circulated all over Whatsapp that wearing surgical masks in reverse can make them fully effective. This is false. A surgical mask should be worn with coloured part on the outer side and the white portion inside. Wearing it in reverse will not make it effective and will be uncomfortable. According to the World Health Organization and other experts, Disposable masks do not help completely. The N95 respirator blocks at least 95% of tiny particles whereas the loose-fitting surgical masks are highly effective in case of large air droplets but less when it comes to small air droplets as they travel farther. The droplets enter from the side of the mask as they don’t seal off the nose.

The N95 respirators can be a bit difficult to put on, hence, it is advisable to watch a video on how to wear them properly to protect yourself from viruses. Several brands manufacture N95 respirators, and they come in all different sizes. If you don't have access to an N95 mask, a surgical face mask would help. Though, you'll not get much protection from airborne viruses if you wear a face mask.

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Keep in mind that the mask you buy is FDA-approved as there are a lot of face masks on the market that haven't been cleared by the FDA. Other than wearing a mask to protect yourself from the flu It is necessary to take common steps that includes washing your hands frequently when you touch any surface, avoid touching your nose or face frequently, rubbing your eyes and avoiding sick people.

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