So the day Colombo re-opens has dawned upon us, and while most of us have been waiting for this day, it is going to be far from what it was before we closed.
Sri Lanka has kept the pandemic largely in check compared to other countries, but it is far from over. We are likely at the end of the beginning of the pandemic and as such, about to enter a critical phase for both ourselves and our country.
So how do we as individuals protect ourselves and our families from this pandemic?
I am sure, we have all received advise on this, from social distancing to extreme hygiene, we have heard it all. So I thought that I will explore just one aspect in this post, and that is the use of masks.
The use of masks.
So with an incubation period of 3-6 days for Covid-19, there can be many people walking around without knowing that they have the virus and as such, they can be spreading it to others without even knowing it.
It is also, now more and more apparent that there will be many Asymptomatic people (people who have contacted the virus but have not got a fully blown attack) around us and although they may never fall seriously ill, they can still carry the virus and infect someone else.
So the mask protects us in the following ways.
- By directly stopping/reducing the chances of droplet contamination from the particles that are released by infected individuals who sneeze, cough, or even talk to us.
- By shielding us from touching our nose or mouth after we ourselves come into contact with a contaminated surface.
Research indicates that people touch their faces an average of 23 times an hour. That is almost once every 2-3 minutes. It is an unconscious habit which we have absolutely no control over. This means, that we can easily touch a contaminated surface like a door handle, a pen, a table etc., and then simply touch our face and get infected ourselves.
So although we take great care in maintaining a social distance, we may still get infected by touching a contaminated surface and then our noses or mouths. So the mask not only shields us from a direct contaminated person but also indirectly by shielding ourselves from our unconscious behavior.
So this is why it is VITAL that we protect ourselves and our loved ones when we do go back to work by wearing a mask.
For more information on how to select a good mask and the Do’s & Donts of using a mask, simply stay tuned to our blog.