Source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
With the outbreak of the highly contagious novel Coronavirus it is very important to follow some instructions to prevent its spread. In addition to regular washing and sanitizing of our hands, wearing masks can provide an added protection.
A Mask is a precautionary measure and reduces the chances of your exposure to the virus as well as the chance of spreading the virus in case someone is already infected. Especially, for pregnant women, who travel to work or appointments or stay in a household with multiple family members, might be at risk of getting exposed to the virus. In such a situation, the question that arises is – Which mask should a Pregnant Woman Opt for?
Surgical Masks and the N95 Respirators are the 2 common masks currently in huge demand in the course of the COVID-19 outbreak. Any one may be opted but their function and efficacy vary.
Surgical masks are for ONE-TIME USE and should be disposed off regularly. They are mostly recommended for people who are sick with the coronavirus disease, preventing them from spreading it to others by blocking large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs. If used as prevention to exposure, it may not be fully effective, since it is losse fitting and does not block out all germs.
N95 masks are RE-USABLE, and helps protect the wearer from breathing in at least 95% of very small particles and helps to contain virus particles from people with symptoms who must go out in public. However, these are tight fitting and may need some effort to breathe.
CDC RECOMMENDS USE OF MASK Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
It need not be surgical or specialized masks, any cloth covering the face is sufficient.
Since, Pregnant Women are considered Vulnerable, making the use of a mask advisable.
- In case you are surrounded by people who may have been exposed to the virus.
- In case you are venturing out, especially for a doctor appointment.
- In case you live in a family where one of the family member is suspected of exposure or is showing symptoms.
- In case you suspect yourself of having been exposed or showing symptoms
Some Things to Keep in Mind:
- Do not share your masks with others
- Do not reuse Single-Use Masks
- Wash your hands properly with Soap and water followed by Sanitizing with alcohol-based hand Sanitizer Before Putting on the Mask
- Follow the same AFTER Removing and/or disposing the Used Masks
MASKS ARE NOT FOOLPROOF
Masks are effective only when used properly and in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.