Posted on 2nd Jul 2020

A virus that started out as a health concern in China in December last year has spread through the globe with speed and severity, taking numerous lives with it. As of 26 June 2020, COVID-19 has claimed a stunning 4,92,000+ lives globally. Nations are still under lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, but the numbers keep climbing in several parts of the world. India currently has more than 4,91,000+ cases and has witnessed over 15,319+ deaths from the disease.

The numbers make one point clear: the novel coronavirus is highly contagious. In light of this fact, one humble piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) becomes a crucial talking point — the face mask that millions are now wearing worldwide. The face mask has become synonymous with the crisis, but why is it being given so much importance, and does it really help? Let’s explore face masks a little more.

Why should you wear a face mask?

The coronavirus spreads through droplets that escape from the nose and mouth of an infected person when they cough, sneeze, yawn, or speak. The aim of a face mask is to keep these droplets from being inhaled by healthy people.

What are the different kinds of masks, and which one do you need?

Cloth masks, surgical masks (3-ply masks), and N95 respirators are the mask types the world is currently talking about.

What make the Cofsils Face Mask a good choice?

Certified by a government-approved NABL-accredited lab, our 3-ply face masks are composed of three protective layers that offer superior filtration (bacteria filtration efficiency (BFE) > 98% at 3 microns and particulate filtration efficiency (PFE) > 98% at 0.1 micron). This makes them ideal for everyone. The masks are also priced at just Rs.16 a piece, making them affordable for the masses. Every Cofsils Face Mask is made at an ISO-certified and GMP-certified manufacturing site.

How and when should you use your mask?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the USA, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India recommend that almost everyone should wear a mask. However, people with breathing issues and children under two years of age can be exempted and should stay in, instead. Make sure your mask covers your mouth and nose. You should always wear your mask in public.

How should you maintain or dispose of your mask?

Face masks aren't a one-hundred-percent guarantee that you will come through this time unscathed by the coronavirus, but along with adhering to social distancing rules and maintaining a high level of hand hygiene, they're a good way to stay as safe as possible during a time when safety is paramount. We hope you are staying safe while reading this. Take care.