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A surgical mask covers the mouth and nose to prevent the access point for a lot of bodily fluids, germs, and viruses. You will often see them used in busy and populated areas where the spread of disease is much more likely, as well to prevent the inhalation of dangerous pollution and chemicals. They may also be worn by those who are sick themselves to reduce the risk of spreading the disease by coughing, sneezing, and breathing. These flu masks can protect you from bacteria and viruses that survive within droplets of bodily fluids from an infected individual caused by sneezing and coughing. These are common symptoms of the flu so these masks are therefore effective at helping stop the spread of the flu as well as the common cold. There is some debate as to the effectiveness of surgical face masks against the spread of disease, but recent evidence suggests wearing a flu mask can reduce your chances of getting the flu by up to 70% if worn properly and paired with good hygiene and handwashing.
A surgical face mask (unlike a respirator face mask) is reasonably loose fitting and disposable. Surgical face masks are made with non-woven fabric, which has better bacteria filtration and air permeability while remaining less slippery than woven cloth. This protects you from breathing or swallowing any fluid droplets from coughs and sneezes that could contain a flu virus.
The International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2008 study concluded that when used correctly flu masks are extremely effective at helping prevent the flu. Multiple studies have found similar results. Overall a flu mask is most effective when used properly in combination with avoiding those who are known to be sick and keeping hands clean.
As well as wearing a 3-ply flu mask washing your hands thoroughly and consistently is essential, especially before eating or touching your mouth or eyes. You should make sure you cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and make sure to wash your hands after.
If you are in an area likely to catch the flu you should wear a flu mask, such as any busy, public space such as shops, hospitals and public transport. If you are in contact with someone who has the flu you should stay six feet apart, or wear a flu mask. For healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses are required to wear a face mask whilst at work.
Your face masks will be sent from our UK based private pharmacy and sent via the Royal Mail to a delivery location of your choice in plain, discreet packaging.
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