Facemasks are not respirators. A facemask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and the nose of the person wearing the mask and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. There are several common types, most notably dust masks and surgical masks.
When worn properly, a facemask is only meant to help block large-particle dust or droplets (splashes, sprays or splatter) from reaching your mouth and nose. Facemasks are also beneficial because they help reduce other people’s exposure to saliva and respiratory secretions from the person wearing the mask.
However, it must be clearly understood that by design, facemasks will not filter or block small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes or certain medical procedures. Facemasks do not provide complete protection from viruses or bacteria and other airborne contaminants, because of the loose fit between the surface of the facemask and your face.
Finally, facemasks are meant to be disposable and are not intended to be used more than once. If a mask is damaged or soiled, or if breathing through the mask becomes difficult, it should be removed and discarded safely according to required procedures and replaced with a new one.
- Just a Reminder to Use a Fresh Clean Mask daily
- Replace / Wash as needed
- Carry a spare with you.
- Let’s all do our part and ensure we are all Safe!