CDC ON MASKS

Times Standard (Eureka) - - AD­VER­TISE­MENT -

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion has this to say about home­made masks:

In set­tings where face masks are not avail­able, health care per­son­nel might use home­made masks (ban­danna, scarf, neck warmer, etc., in a pinch) for care of pa­tients with COVID-19 as a last re­sort. How­ever, home­made masks are not con­sid­ered per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment, since their ca­pa­bil­ity to pro­tect health care per­son­nel is un­known. Cau­tion should be ex­er­cised when con­sid­er­ing this op­tion. Home­made masks should ideally be used in com­bi­na­tion with a face shield that cov­ers the en­tire front (that ex­tends to the chin or be­low) and sides of the face. More on masks The CDC and oth­ers have dis­cour­aged us­ing N95 masks at home. All avail­able N95 masks, they say, should go to med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als.

Home­made masks SHOULD NOT be used in­stead of so­cial dis­tanc­ing and stay­ing at home, ex­perts say. But they can aug­ment those ef­forts if you have to leave the house to shop, walk the dog, etc. Masks made from cot­ton and elas­tic cer­tainly won’t harm any­one at home or when go­ing out, as long as peo­ple are fol­low­ing other rec­om­mended pro­to­cols to stay safe.

Some med­i­cal per­son­nel are wear­ing home­made masks on top of N95s so they can use them for longer pe­ri­ods.

If you are sick (and es­pe­cially if you don’t know it yet), home­made masks can be help­ful in keep­ing your droplets from get­ting on other folks (and pos­si­bly keep them from get­ting sick). L.A. County health di­rec­tor Dr. Bar­bara Fer­rer urged peo­ple to use cot­ton masks this week in tan­dem with other safety pro­to­cols.

Sur­geon Gen­eral Jerome M. Adams tweeted this week that his of­fice asked the CDC if its rec­om­men­da­tions on face masks should change in light of new data. Adams stressed that wear­ing a mask should not su­per­sede so­cial dis­tanc­ing. We may see the CDC rec­om­mend masks more in the days ahead.

A re­port by Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity stated that UV light breaks down the coro­n­avirus pro­tein on any sur­face, so it can be used to dis­in­fect a mask for re­use. FACE MASKS COM­PARED N95 mask Fil­ters out at least 95% of air­borne par­ti­cles.

Tight fit­ting, allows min­i­mal leak­age. Sur­gi­cal mask Fluid-re­sis­tant, pro­tects wearer against large droplets. Does not pro­tect against smaller air­borne par­ti­cles. Loose-fit­ting and can al­low leak­age around the edges.

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