Why we should wear face masks

With lockdown finally coming to its closure, everyone is eager to go out start work and living their normal lives again however, weary, as we step foot outside unexpecting of how it will be.

But don’t worry with all the government guidelines and health advisors there’s a right way to do it, and there’s strong evidence to show that face masks – while not inherently stopping you from getting the disease – are one of the primary ways help you stop spreading the disease. So, help us to help you do your part, and protect as many people as we can.

So how do face masks help exactly?

The primary route of transmission is through small respiratory droplets – which can be spread through talking, coughing or sneezing, preventing this is known as “source control”, wearing a mask is an efficient way of source control creating a barrier between the wearer and whatever they may eject.There are plenty of studies being conducted presenting ever emerging evidence by the CDC world health organisation – they show that the efficacy of face masks are effective at providing the necessary filtering capabilities to stop the spreading of particles, and possible infectious oral residue.

What’s the difference between type I and type II masks?

Type I and type II medical masks are rigorously tested for their BFE (bacteria filtration efficiency)

-type I masks provide 95% BFE

-type II masks provide 98% BFE

We also provide professional surgical face masks that are even more comfortable and lightweight with its flexible material and elastic ear loops that don’t disturb the ears. It provides even more protection covering the entire face, and coming with the benefits of being structurally secure with its meltblown filter, ultrasonic welding and flexible nose clip to hold it in place.

Helping the NHS

It is important to understand medical masks are considered (PPE) and should be worn in places of high adverse risk of transmission such as healthcare work within the NHS.

Type II masks are not to be confused with that of type IIR. The “R” donates the level of splash resistance – these are primarily used in places of possible exposure to blood or bodily fluids such as the NHS.

Type IIR masks should only be used as a frontline healthcare worker – buying them can cause a shortage in supply for those it is necessary for. You could be doing more damage to the cause then helping.

Masks for general use

For the general public whilst the masks are not considered (PPE), provide ideal filtration for general and public use, as the risks are not as concentrated as in healthcare work.

Our public masks provide a BFE of 90% with the UK recommendation being that of 70%. The spread of the disease is drastically reduced when source control is in high compliance on a public level.

COVID-19 can be asymptomatic meaning many people can have it without showing symptoms.

It can also be presymptomatic – the incubation period for people who are presymptomatic is between 1-11 days, COVID-19 being at its most infectious stage during the beginning of this period you can still spread it before you show symptoms.

Wearing a mask amongst all the other necessary hygienic precautions is especially important due to this fact.

Help us help you partake in the effort against COVID-19. You can see our full range of face masks here.  

Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England’s shops

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July.

Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100, the government has announced.

The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.

Since mid-May, members of the public have been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may encounter people they would not usually meet.

Mask-wearing has been compulsory on public transport in England and at NHS facilities across the UK since 15 June.

Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

Where is it compulsory to wear one?

From June 15, it was made compulsory to wear a face mask on public transport.

This includes on trains, buses, trams, ferries and aircraft.

Private hire taxis and minicabs are also included in the ­measures, but the rules do not cover bus stops, railway stations and other terminals.

Anyone not wearing a mask will be kicked off unless they are disabled, young children or have breathing difficulties.

Face coverings are now also compulsory in hospitals, with staff, visitors and outpatients required to wear them.

From July 24, people entering shops must wear a face covering.