Health Protection Mask: What It Is And Its Functions.

November 2, 2021

In the face of the new coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, health authorities around the world have extended their recommendations to protect us against this disease. Among these measures is the use of protective equipment, such as gloves, face masks, glasses and a Sanitary Protection Mask.

What is a sanitary protection mask?

A sanitary protection mask is a powerful medical grade tool that provides total protection to the face, especially the eyes, nose and mouth. It is composed of a transparent lens, a support for the forehead and an elastic band or rope to be attached to the head.

The sanitary protection masks work as a barrier against ‘aerosols’, that is, against the particles that are expelled by coughing, sneezing, speaking and even exhaling.

Some of these masks are designed to be reused. They can be disinfected with traditional methods or with a solution of 70% alcohol and 30% water, and cleaned with a soft tissue. There are also masks made of disposable materials.

How does a health protection mask protect me?

Masks are a barrier that complements the use of face masks and protective glasses. They are recommended especially for health workers and employees in essential sectors, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and prepared food establishments, who have direct contact with people.

In fact, the World Health Organization, in its guidelines and technical specifications for protective equipment, recommends the use of sanitary protection masks together with face masks and glasses, and specifying that these must provide good visibility, have a band to hold it. tightly around the head and should fit snugly on the forehead.

Regarding its efficiency, a 2014 investigation led by Dr. William Lindsley of  the  United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention , revealed that the use of protective face shields reduces up to 96% of the exposure to particles of influenza expelled in a period immediately after the cough.

“Our results show that face shields can substantially reduce short-term exposure to large infectious particles, but smaller particles can remain airborne. Therefore, face shields are a useful adjunct to respiratory protection, ”the study highlighted.

What are the advantages of using sanitary protection masks?

According to Dr. Raymond Roberge, from the  University of Pittsburg (Pennsylvania, United States) , some of the advantages attributed to health protection masks are:

  • Comfort
  • They protect a large part of the face
  • They prevent us from touching our faces
  • Lower dermal heat retention
  • No impact on breathing
  • No fit testing required
  • They can be easily disinfected
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Does not block vocalization
  • It is used as additional protection to other face and eye protection equipment (mask, glasses, goggles)
  • Extends the life of a face shield when used simultaneously
Dr. Loony Davis5
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