We have lived with Covid 19 for many months and all this time the guidance and advice to the public has been downright confusing and contradicting.
From the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Dominic Pimenta (who was drafted into an intensive care unit in Covid 19 at the time) became more and more active TwitterPimenta shared his experience working on the front lines and gave his opinion on the need for a national lockdown. He even appeared on national television to reiterate his strong belief in containing the virus.
Pimenta and the HEROES team have teamed up in a new “no-nonsense” #FaceTheFacts video series Allies create a selection of simple but scientific video clips explaining more about Covid-19 and its spread; why it is so important for us to wear face coverings; and debunk some of the most common “mask myths” floating around.
Dr. Pimenta set out to find six of the most common myths about face masks.
Myth 1: Masks lower your blood oxygen.
“No, they don’t. The exchange of air is not impeded, and if the filters were small enough to block oxygen molecules, they would immediately suffocate you.”
Myth 2: Masks increase your CO2
“No, they don’t. Oxygen goes in and CO2 comes out.”
Myth 3: masks don’t work
“There is growing evidence that they reduce the spread of the virus, and many scientists have put all of the studies together to suggest that they are helpful. At the very least, they will prevent you from touching your own face and mouth and alert you to the virus which will decrease your transmission regardless. “
Myth 4: masks are uncomfortable
“Not all masks are created equal! I’ve been wearing all kinds of gear for hundreds of hours over the past few months this face covering is by far the most convenient. ”
Myth 5: You only need a mask when you are sick
1) Covid is often asymptomatic, which means you can still spread it before you know you are uncomfortable.
2) It’s the law now – in shops, indoor public spaces, and public transportation. I would just wear it wherever you could get close to someone else. “
Myth 6: If I have a mask, I don’t need social distance
“All of this only works together. So wash your hands, hold 2 meters apart where you can, 1 meter where you can’t, and wear your mask.”
Dr. Pimenta said, “There are many different types of masks and it is important to distinguish between face coverings that are not a medical device at all and face masks that are medical devices and are badly needed in the NHS.
“We have simple surgical masks, the single-use mask that you’ve seen before. These are just layers of material intended for single use, mainly to protect others from coughing and sneezing. The right personal protective equipment type masks, called FFPs, also contain filters that can filter small particles out of the air and protect us from very small particles like aerosols.
“We know from studies with other viruses similar to the flu that wearing a mask reduces the risk of contracting the virus while wearing a mask. A number of scientific studies looking at masks have found the benefits of reducing the spread of the virus in the community. We also know that the disposable masks already have a huge impact on the environment.
“That’s why at HEROES we partnered with Ally, who makes a reusable, washable, comfortable face cover that can be worn multiple times. In addition, a 95% nanofiber particle filter is embedded, which provides an additional layer of potential protection against the virus. “
He added, “Covid 19 is a respiratory virus, meaning it travels through the air primarily in the form of droplets from person to person and can land either directly in another person’s mouth or nose or on a surface that you then touch and then transfer it to your own mouth or nose. Although Covid 19 is found in other body fluids like feces, it’s believed to be a rare way to catch it. “
“As soon as the virus lands in your mouth or nose, it enters the cells there and starts producing more. From here, the virus can spread throughout the body and has been seen in the lungs, heart, brain, kidneys, and elsewhere. When you cough and sneeze, you produce more droplets that can spread and infect other and other surfaces. “
Dr. Pimenta on the pros and cons of wearing your mask:
- “Wear your mask properly over your mouth and nose, and DO NOT take it off if you can help.
- “Wear your mask where you should and DO NOT be offended if others ask you to.
- “Make sure your face cover fits snugly and is comfortable to wear. If you don’t already have one, buy reusable, filtering face cover and donate to a good cause while you are at it.”
- If you don’t have one, take the opportunity to get one that is reusable, washable, and very convenient. The HEROES X allied face covers Also raise funds for the NHS charity HEROES.