You may still have many unanswered questions regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). At Trusted PPE, we aim to keep the nation safe and informed by providing essential Government guidelines and PPE updates. This article should help answer many of your frequently asked questions about taking care of your PPE and the importance of it, read on:
How often should I wash my reusable face masks?
Many of us might not be aware of how often we should actually be washing our masks to stay hygienic and safe. It's very easy for your face mask to become a bacteria breeding-ground if it's not stored or cleaned correctly.
You should wash your face mask after every time you use it. Whether it's just to the shops, travelling on a bus, or down the high street, it needs to be washed in a washing machine or by hand with hot water and detergent or disinfectant after every use. If your mask is not cleaned after use, bacteria and germs can linger on the fabric and become ineffective the next time you use it.
Please note: You can include your face covering with your regular laundry, no hotter than 30 degrees.
After using your face mask, the UK Government has recommended you should store it in a plastic bag if you can't wash right away. Make sure after removing your mask you sanitiser your hands straight away to avoid contaminating any surfaces you may come in contact with.
How do I clean my face visor?
At Trusted PPE our Face Visors are reusable and washable, here's how we recommend you take care of yours.
- Handwash the front side of the shield with sanitiser gel or bacterial wash. Allow for appropriate dwell time.
- Turn the shield over, wipe the inside of the shield, and other areas, e.g. strap with gel/wash. Avoid foam areas. Allow for appropriate dwell time.
- If the shield is streaked or has a cloudy film, clean the mask with soft, damp (with water) cloth. Allow for appropriate dwell time.
- If the face shield appears damaged or torn – discard and obtain a replacement.
How to wear a face mask?
A face covering should cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably. Your mask may have a metal integrated moldable nose clip to create a better fit or adjustable ear straps, make sure you adjust as you need so the mask fits snug to your face. Trusted PPE is here to support by offering four types of protective adult face masks and children’s face masks for the whole nation to access.
Check out our full article on How to Safely Wear a Protective Face Mask
How do face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
In England and Scotland, face coverings are now mandatory on public transport, inside shops and advised to be worn in supermarkets. These laws come after emerging evidence shows the impact of wearing a face mask during a pandemic, and how this can suppress the transmission of a virus. While introducing face coverings comes at a critical time, with the aim to help people get into the habit of wearing a mask in the hope of suppressing a potential second wave, it is understood that the reasoning for this rule may still be misunderstood. Here's a breakdown of why and how face coverings are helping to control the spread of COVID-19:
In a recent article published by the University of Oxford, Professor Melinda Mills, Director of the Leverhulme Centre and author of the study, says, ‘Next to hand washing and social distancing, face masks and coverings are one of the most of widely adopted non-pharmaceutical interventions for reducing the transmission of respiratory infections.’
COVID-19 is known to be spread by droplets that are sprayed into the air when infected people talk, cough, or sneeze. These virus particles can drift around in the air for several hours, before coming into contact with a surface. However, outside conditions mean the virus particles are diluted and spread out making transmission less likely. When indoors the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19 is greater, therefore introducing face coverings on public transport and shops come at no surprise. Wearing a face covering creates a barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from travelling in the air and landing on surfaces/person.
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