Omicron Variant: Such masks 'fail' to protect against infection, know which mask scientists consider effective?


In view of the increasing threat of corona infection worldwide, appeals are being made to all the people to continue following the covid appropriate behavior. According to health experts, the danger of corona can be avoided by wearing masks, taking care of social distancing, and hand hygiene. Although some reports are claiming that the kind of masks we are wearing, in general, are not effective in keeping us safe from infection. According to health experts, masks should always be tight and cover the nose and mouth well, apart from what fabric the mask is made of, this is also a big topic about which people need to be aware.

During the second wave of Covid in the country, due to the shortage of N-95 masks, the trend of cloth and surgical masks increased rapidly. But can cloth masks keep you safe from all the variants of corona? The World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have explained in detail what kind of mask you need to protect against corona infection.


There are many types of masks in trend
Various types of masks are currently being used as protection against Covid-19. The CDC has told about these types of masks. Cloth masks are made of cotton or synthetic fabrics, while surgical masks or disposable masks have three layers. On the other hand, KN95 masks are of four to five layers and have more ability to protect against viruses. In the reports, the most widely used cloth masks across the country are being said to be very poor in providing protection from the corona.


What does the World Health Organization say?
According to the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), only by wearing a mask, we can reduce the risk of corona infection to a great extent, although it is necessary to use the right mask properly. It is considered best to use an N-95 mask to avoid coronavirus. It has a higher ability to filter viruses than other methods of masks.

Can cloth masks protect against corona infection?
In a report by the Mayo Clinic, experts said that cloth masks can prevent droplets from coming out during the conversation, coughing, or sneezing, although they cannot be considered effective in protecting against the virus. If cloth masks are made of multiple layers and are worn tight, then their effectiveness increases slightly. At the same time, according to the CDC, only those cloth masks that have nose wires can be considered good, as well as which can prevent strong light from passing through.

Which masks are more effective?
In a meeting of government industrial hygienists, scientists told that if a person is within 6 feet of an infected person without a mask, then he can easily become a victim of infection. In such a situation, it is necessary for everyone to wear masks. If both are wearing N95 masks then it can be considered safest. If the infected person is wearing a cloth mask and the other is wearing an N95 mask, the virus cannot reach the non-infected person for at least 2.5 hours. N95 masks can be considered effective in preventing all variants of the corona.

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