On April 3, the CDC made the following announcement after new data found that up to a quarter of people infected with the coronavirus are asymptomatic:
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
With medical-grade masks in high demand, these particular masks need to be reserved for use by healthcare workers and other medical first responders. What this means for the general public is fashioning custom face masks for ourselves.
When the recommendation for face masks was announced, many individuals searched for products and materials that were readily available in their homes - including neck-warmers, scarves, and bandanas.
Neck-warmers are used for winter sports and maybe too porous to block tiny particles from droplets going into the air. Although some sort of face-covering is better than nothing, the CDC specifically recommends using tightly woven cotton to make a mask.
Creo Promotional Solutions provides both custom neck-warmers and reusable face mask options that can incorporate have:
• A nose fit design for maximum antibacterial properties
• Anti-blur for glasses
• Antibacterial outer layer
• A mid-layer for filtering dust
• Inner layer to absorb moisture
Mouth droplets from speaking, coughing, and sneezing quickly evaporate into tiny particles that can be inhaled by others close by. Luckily, proper cloth masks can block transmission easily and limit the spread of disease. The community use of face masks benefits everyone, but only if most of the general public contribute.
While our government and medical professionals are working to create a vaccine, fund research, and continue testing, the actions of the general public is powerful. If we can lower the likelihood of infection, even a small reduction makes a significant impact in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask in public is something we can all do to help keep everyone safe.
Creo Promotional Solutions is proud to be a customized mask supplier offering filtered and layered custom masks for the corporations to offer to staff and clients. Along with following physical distancing requirements and consistent hand washing, together we can flatten the curve and keep each other safe.