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How Protective Are 3 Ply Face Masks?

During this unusual time, a face covering has become a wardrobe staple that you cannot leave the house without. With it now being Law to wear a face mask, the need for this level of protection is increasing. But with so many different face coverings on sale, which is the best to protect you against the virus? In this article, we will be providing you with insight into just how protective these masks are.

Understanding The Different Mask Types

When the UK government announced the need for a face mask/ covering in the shops in the UK, there was an abundance of cotton face masks being sold in the shops. But with some providing more protection than others, it is important to be aware of the different options that are available on the market at this time in order to protect you when heading out in social settings or returning to the office.

Fashionable/ Cotton mask

The first type of face-covering/ mask is the one recommended to the general public at this time. This is a simple cotton face covering that can be washed and reused several times. These are to be worn on public transport as well as in shops and office spaces. They can be either made at home or purchased from a shop and should be worn at all times when in these areas. These masks or coverings are available in a wide range of colours and can be worn by all ages to prevent the transmission of the disease.

2-Ply Face Masks

In addition to the cotton face coverings, there is also the option for a 2-ply face mask this is slightly thicker than a cotton face covering and can be thrown away after use. They are great for one-time use and should not be washed. Though these can provide a layer of protection when shopping or on buses, it is important to ensure that they are disposed of correctly. This will prevent the bacteria from being allowed into the home and ensure that you and your family are kept safe when leaving your home for any reason at this time.

The Filter In A 3 Ply Face Mask

One of the main benefits to come from the 3 ply face mask is the protection that it provides you. With a brown layer in the centre is a filter. This provides you with full protection from viruses, dust particles and other elements. With 99% of protection from this mask, this is recommended for medical professionals and those that are in need of this level of protection such as those in construction. With several other masks also on the market reserved strictly for medical professionals such as the N-95 respirator mask, a 3 ply mask is great for keeping you protected should you need it.

Regardless of the type of mask you are wearing when you leave the house, it is vital that you not only stick to social distancing but wash your hands regularly, this will prevent the disease from, spreading and keep you and the rest of your family safe.