The year 2020 has turned out to be challenging so far, not only for a specific region but for the whole world. The pandemic situation of Covid-19 that arose from China has now affected almost the entire globe. Experts had released many ways of saving yourself from this virus such as getting an antibody test and wearing a face mask. But which is the best of so many types?
Today we will be discussing the difference between the surgical and cloth versions. Not all of us can afford an N95 cover daily. So, the options left with 85-90 percent of the people are surgical and cloth covers. A surgical is replaced daily, hence it is not economical; it’s disposable. So, many of us won’t go for this option as well. The option left is a cloth face cover. Lastly, with different prices, both these have different properties too. We will be discussing both one by one for a clear understanding.
These covers are medical equipment. We also need medically certified protective equipment for saving us whenever we are out in public. Surgical covers are certified barriers to outside germs.
The four-level certification is as follows:
- Minimum Protection: As the name implies, are designed for single use. It means that they are for short procedures or medical exams that will not involve any fluid, spray, or aerosol.
- Level 1: These are meant for places where there will be fluids, spray, or aerosol. The fluid resistance of 80mmHg makes them ideal for low-risk situations. Masks have surgical and procedural applications.
- Level 2: With a resistant capacity of 120mmHg, this type can protect in moderate-risk situations with fluid, aerosol, and spray.
- Level 3: With a resistant capacity of 160mmHg from the spray, fluid, and aerosol, these have high resilient power.
Cloth masks help in dust allergy. Initially, the function of these was to protect people from dust. During this Covid-19 pandemic, these protections together with doing an antibody test are somewhat helpful, but when compared to other options of surgical and respirators like N-95, they have less value and risk. Disinfect and wash these after use. Above all, too many washes also reduce their efficiency according to a study. There are many types available, based on layers. It is easy to breathe through a single-layered mask. While a double or triple layer provides additional protection. As they say that something is better than nothing, so wearing a cloth cover is better than wearing nothing when you are in public. It will provide some protection.