Disposable Face Masks Keep You and Others Safe
Before you step into an exam room with a potentially contagious patient, or you start spraying paint around in the workshop, make sure your disposable face mask is in place over your mouth and nose. These masks screen the air you breathe and filter out germs, dust and fine airborne particles that can give you anything from a mild allergic reaction to an illness that keeps you home from work. By filtering the air you exhale, a good disposable face mask can also keep the immune-compromised people around you safe as well.
Screen Out the Germs
Use disposable face masks every time you enter the room of a patient who is coughing or sneezing. These masks are made from finely woven material that catches airborne droplets of saliva and sputum, as well as a few less-appealing fluids, to block the passage of germs into your upper respiratory tract. Depending on the severity of the suspected infection, you can choose from a simple over-the-ear double-loop mask, or grab a thick N-95 respirator that screens out the most determined infectious microbes. Even outside of a medical office, these masks are great for protecting you from germs or fumes if your immune system has been compromised by illness or medication.
Block Dust and Other Pollutants
Take a handful; of disposable face masks with you into the workshop before you start grinding, cutting and spraying metal or wood. By putting on a thick protective mask, you can keep the sawdust and fine metal particles out of your lungs while you work. Whether you're scraping asbestos off of old plumbing or spray painting a new bicycle frame cherry red, the proper lung protection these masks provide is not optional.
Protect Your Patients
Regular use of disposable face masks goes well beyond just protecting you from airborne contaminants, noble though that goal is, and can work to keep other people safe while you're around them. If you work in a hospital or medical office, it's likely you come into regular contact with patients who cannot be exposed to cold and flu germs, whether through illnesses they already have or the immune-suppressing side effects of some medications. By putting on a comfortable, lightweight face mask, you can keep your own pathogens from spreading to the most vulnerable people around you and do your part to limit the spread of whichever nasty little virus has been making you sick. With a good gauze mask over your mouth and nose, the most common sites for infectious material to escape, you can do your part to control the next big flu epidemic before it really gets going.