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What Experts are saying about Nose Masks: An interesting twist.

In public settings where social distancing strategies are difficult to sustain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests wearing surgical masks and N-95 respirators.

SARS-CoV-2, a tiny particle of genetic material wrapped in a fatty coating covered in spiked proteins that gives it a crown-like look, is responsible for COVID-19. When someone coughs, sneezes, speaks, or exhales, droplets of the virus are removed.

Fabric masks, bandanas, and scarves, in theory, can serve as a physical shield to keep droplets off a person's face or to keep virus-carrying droplets off an infected person's body.

Different masks have varying degrees of security depending on what they're made of. N95 respirators are among the most effective resources available for protecting healthcare workers against the virus. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there is currently a national shortage of these vital shields.

Medical-grade masks are meant to be discarded after one use, but due to a medical mask shortage, healthcare staff are reusing their masks between patients to keep their supply going.

Fabric masks can suffice for the rest of the population as long as people maintain appropriate social distances and wash their hands thoroughly. Medical-grade masks must also be accessible to healthcare staff who are exposed to the virus on a daily basis.

If you must wear a mask, resist the urge to change it periodically and remove it by the ear straps rather than the portion that covers your mouth to prevent contamination of your hands.

Many people wonder which mask is best for which circumstance and how much security they have. The concept is that any obstacle is preferable to none at all.

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