Face masks are suddenly the hottest commodity in the world, especially if you are a cook and protecting your family.
All over China, Japan, and some other countries demanded to wear, and so as well, celebrities have posted surgical mask selfies on social media. Millions of travelers are wearing them in crowded airports.
Demand is so high, and prices are soaring so much that governments and some retailers are cracking down on disease profiteering. A 10-pack of 3M N95 masks, which are more effective than paper surgical masks, was selling for upwards of $100 online market so as well in Amazon, up from just $10 a month ago. Sellers set their prices, but Amazon says it will suspend accounts of partners who are trying to profiteer and don’t adhere to the retailers’ fair pricing’ rules.
Shortages and global hoarding are putting many hospitals in danger of running out, as their supplies dwindle, and manufacturers can’t meet demand.
Ironically, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic, is the world’s largest producer of surgical masks. It can churn out 20 million of them every day, but the demand in China alone is closer to 60 million a day.
The irony is that surgical masks will do little, if anything, to protect you from coronavirus. It is to prevent the spread of germs and viruses by the wearer to people nearby, which is why surgeons are meticulous about wearing surgical masks in the operating theater with patients.
N95 masks are better — It designed to filter air through respirators that block up to 95 percent of pathogens. But they must fit snugly, and the filters have to replaced frequently, so they are more suited for first responders than for everyday wear.
Health experts say masking large segments of the world’s populations is neither possible nor necessary. The best defense against infection stays away from parts of the world where the virus has hit epidemic levels and people who have traveled to areas.
Otherwise, basic hygiene protects against infection by all sorts of pathogens, including the flu and common colds.
Wash your hands — slowly and frequently, with lots of soap and running water. Then, avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
Why it matters: Frequent hand washing can stop germs from spreading in a community, a known preventative for COVID-19 and influenza.
Pro tip: Scrub wet hands with soap for at least 20 seconds (humming the “Happy Birthday” song twice), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.
- Rinse thoroughly and dry your hands with a clean towel or air dryer.
- Hand sanitizer is the next best alternative but will not work as well, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
When to wash your hands:
- When you are near, preparing or eating food
- After using the bathroom
- When caring for people who have been vomiting or have diarrhea
- After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
- After touching garbage
- After touching animals or animal waste
Sometimes to use a surgical mask is essential to your jobs as a cook or serving in a restaurant; And you can’t find on your nearest drugstores and supermarkets because of lack of stocks.
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