Are you practicing infection prevention over Christmas break and into the New Year? Whether preparing for the holiday season or the year ahead, masking up is simple and easy.
Risk of community transmission increases with social activities, making a mask a wise choice. Numerous studies have shown the efficacy of masks, in terms of reducing COVID-19 spread.
Transmission, and air droplets
In 2021 WHO confirmed, “The virus can spread from an infection person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols.”
These respiratory fluids won’t be visible but can remain present for hours. The airborne nature of coronavirus means they may also move around an area, depending on certain factors. Inhaling them places a person at risk of possible infection.
*Please note an asymptomatic infected person may not be aware they have COVID-19, yet can still transmit the virus.
The benefits of mask wearing
Wearing a mask helps reduce the spread of coronavirus. As well as reducing your chance of infection, a mask reduces transmission by inhibiting the movement of these respiratory fluids upon expulsion from the body.
To be effective, masks must cover the nose and the mouth, and be well-fitted on the face. The more people in a closed space who wear a mask, the lower the risk. Disposable face masks are designed for single use, so be sure to replace them.
Teenagers and masks
When introducing the subject, try and understand a teenager’s stance. Talking to a teen about mask-wearing should be an open dialogue, rather than an authoritative action. Avoid censure: let them express opinions, and ask questions.
Teenagers often spend time on social media and may have been exposed to misinformation. What do they believe about mask-wearing? Have they checked a reputable source to verify these points? Listen, and encourage conversation.
Masks, and the community
While protecting your own health is important, masks also help protect members of the community. Many people have conditions that make them more vulnerable to coronavirus. A mask shows you value their well-being.
Explain to younger members of the family why mask-wearing is important, and the associated benefit of protecting those they love. Inspire them to choose to wear a mask, for self-care and humanitarian reasons.
*WHO and UNICEF recommend children under 5 are not required to wear masks.
What does PPE mean?
PPE refers to Personal Protection Equipment. At Asia Pacific Direct Sales, we focus on addressing Public Health and Safety, offering an array of disposable masks complying with Australian Standard Levels 1, 2, and 3.
PPE should be an integral part of your personal strategy. Masks, combined with hygienic practices such as hand washing or cleansing, and physical distancing, help reduce infection risk for you, and your loved ones.
Choosing your mask
We offer a wide range of masks, available for both personal and professional scenarios. A high-quality disposable mask from a reputable supplier assures premium protection during the pandemic.
Our range spans designs for teenagers, and a number of styles of disposable masks for adults. If coloured masks are appealing, our Medicom masks are currently stocked in blue, pink, yellow, lavender, and white.
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