• Dr. Petryk

Covid-19 (CV19) To Mask Or Not To Mask... This Is The Question

Lately, there has been much in the news about face masks and the CDC, as well as state health agencies have suggesting that the public wear masks when they leave their home but the efficacy (effectiveness) of face masks needs to be understood so that an informed decision may be made.

There are several types of masks such as: N95, cloth, etc. so here are some things to know.

1. An M95 facemask has a very “tight” fit, sealing your mouth and nose. In addition, most, but not all have filters, which are extremely effective at filtering things such as Covid-19 (CV19)

2. Most any other mask is completely ineffective at preventing you from potential exposure to Covic-19 (CV19), let alone most other biological pathogens because they are porous. For example, the COVID-19 (CV19) virus is approximately 0.125 Micron or 125 nanometers in diameter. In simple terms, not even a HEPA filter will prevent the pathogen from coming through

So, what is the mask for?

The mask is not entirely useless as it could possibly “reduce the possibility” of spreading the virus as a result of your sneezing or coughing however; beyond that, it is nothing more than a “false sense of security.”Washing your hands in warm, soapy water for 20-30 seconds is still your single best defense at killing the virus because the warm water disables the virus, the soap breaks the cell membrane down and the friction of washing your hands destroys the cell. Remember, keep your hands away from your face as best as possible and only wash your face after you have properly washed your hands.

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