Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Mask
Ever since the world has come out of the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic, wearing a mask when you step out of the comforts of your home has become the new normal. However, you can buy all sorts of masks, but which ones are the best to protect you from coronavirus and pollution while being eco-friendly? We try to find out.
A mask should ideally have two or more layers of washable breathable fabric to be effective. These masks should completely cover your nose and mouth. And to top it all, it should fit snugly against the sides of your face so that there are no gaps. If you are someone who wears glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging. You can also wear your scarf, ski mask or balaclava over your mask for that extra layer of protection.
Cotton masks are highly recommended since they are breathable and eco friendly. And this is where masks made by companies like EarthSafe comes in handy. The masks we make are highly sustainable and eco-friendly and in keeping with the latest trends. They come in carrying pouches that help you keep them safe while you are not using them. Since they are reusable and completely biodegradable, they do not pollute the environment as other masks do.
Now, we come to the reason why you might need a face mask in the first place. Before we started masking up to prevent COVID 19 spread, masks were in vogue, though they were not very popular. External conditions are really important and things like the amount of oxygen in the ambient air, the air humidity, and temperature can all make a difference to the type of respiratory protection you need. Picking a face mask and filter is not easy unless you know exactly which level of contaminants you’re facing. Masks help prevent you from breathing in contaminants in the air.
When you are buying a mask, remember these points:
- Choose a mask that doesn’t have a valve or other openings in it.
- Make sure you can breathe easily through it.
- Wash it regularly.
- Wear the mask so that it covers your nose and mouth.
- Do not put it on a child younger than 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.
- Do not touch the inside of the mask.
- Do not share a face mask with friends or family.