Blue 3-layer elastic face masks.
- Triple Layer.
- No latex and no glass fibers.
- High efficiency of bacterial (> 99%) and particulate (> 99%) filtration.
- Low resistance to breathing.
- Perfect fit.
- 10cm nasal adapter, made of PVC coated aluminum.
- Easy opening.
Quantity: 50 pieces
Measures: 17.5cm x 9.5cm
Brand Name: Mipmed
The surgical mask was introduced in 1897 by a German physician. It was initially developed to contain and filter droplets containing microorganisms expelled from the mouth and nasopharynx of health professionals during surgery, preventing them from depositing on the operative field, thus protecting the patient.
The use of the surgical mask became more widespread after the discovery of AIDS. The use of the mask by the health professional gradually increased, given its protective ability, against contamination by blood and body fluids from the patient.
Does the use of the surgical mask reduce the spread of disease?
Sometimes. "Several studies have shown that masks can reduce the amount of infectious particles emitted in the air while we cough, talk and breathe when we have a respiratory infection," said David P. Calfee, chief epidemiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center. However, the use of surgical masks is only one element of respiratory hygiene. In addition, we must:
- cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.
- wash your hands often.
- stay one meter away from other people when possible.
Although the evidence suggests that the mask can protect others from the wearer, can the mask, conversely, protect the wearer? Calfee says it depends on what we want to protect. Masks prevent large respiratory droplets from reaching the mucous membranes and therefore can be used by health professionals or others who treat patients with infectious diseases transmitted by such droplets, such as influenza and whooping cough. But airborne particles of smaller dimensions, carried through the air and associated with diseases such as tuberculosis and measles can cross or encircle the masks.
Some studies report that people who cohabit with people with respiratory viral infections have lower infection rates when wearing masks. Calfee also adds that studies have found, however, that most people do not wear masks for long periods. Thus, even if effectiveness is proven, a mask may not be very practical.
WHAT IS THE REASON FOR JAPANESE USE OF MASKS?
The Japanese have a cultural habit to use masks in public and not just in hospitals or quarantine.
The reasons are as follows:
- Kafunsho (hay fever): very common in spring because of the pollen of flowers.
- Influenza: They use a mask to prevent other people from becoming infected with the virus, a great example of Japanese culture that considers others close to themselves.
- Prevention: It is common for people to wear masks even when they are not sick, to reduce the risk of disease transmission, especially when there are outbreaks or in times of flu. It is noted that this custom is a great sign of respect for others, especially in places with large concentrations of people, such as train stations and shopping centers.
- Protection against pollution or radiation.
- Style / fashion: The use of masks by the Japanese is a habit so ingrained that many children use them because of the drawings and prints that some masks have, as well as some adolescents. We realize that use sometimes fits into fashion and style.
- Cold: The mask helps protect against the cold.
- Hide imperfections in the face.
- Shyness: The extreme shyness of the Japanese can also be a motive.