Saturday, February 29, 2020

N95 Medical Mask.


Will the N95 Respirator Mask Protect You Against Coronavirus? Here's What an Expert Says



Scientists around the world are working overtime to control outbreaks of the new coronavirus, but one thing they can’t control is the widespread public alarm over COVID-19. Schools are closing; people are cancelling travel plans and panic-buying supplies—including a face mask called the N95 respirator mask, which many people believe offers protection against the coronavirus. 
Even celebrities are sharing their fears and sporting masks. Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson posted mid-flight pictures on Instagram Tuesday wearing face masks, though not the N95.



Masks and N95 Respirators


A facemask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. Facemasks are not to be shared and may be labeled as surgical, isolation, dental or medical procedure masks. They may come with or without a face shield.



    To be clear once again, Americans don't need masks. The CDC says that healthy people in the US shouldn't wear them because they won't protect them from the novel coronavirus.
    But medical workers who treat patients with novel coronavirus do need them. And, the CDC says, it's crucial that those supplies don't run out.
    When it comes to hysteria and panic, though, reason takes a backseat.
    "This is a psychological thing," Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told CNN. "The coronavirus is coming, and we feel rather helpless. By getting masks and wearing them, we move the locus of control somewhat to ourselves."