Written By Michelle Botello
Masks are saving lives daily throughout the pandemic. We protect ourselves by staying indoors, and even practicing social distancing measures. Exactly how efficient these methods are rely on our obeying these principles.
Lately, in San Diego, the rate of Covid patients has increased and a lockdown has been imposed on the public as a result. Discovering a mask that kills Covid droplets could be a solution to less restrictions.
The different types of masks include surgical masks, N95 respirators, homemade masks, cotton gaiters, bandanas and plastic face shields. Unless you work in health care and provide direct patient care, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that the general public should wear a cloth well-fitted and thick fabric face mask.
Remember, no mask is 100 percent effective. This safety precaution needs to be coupled with additional tactics, like washing hands, placing mask snuggly over nose and mouth, washing your mask, and not touching eyes, nose or mouth when removing mask, according to hackensack meridian health.org.
A “salt mask'' has been realized by Ilaria Rubino, PhD graduate from the University of Alberta and she said that salt can kill this virus and bacteria. An award was presented for “Outstanding Innovation” about a face mask coated with salt that’s reusable and kills virus cells like the coronavirus, according to the nypost.com.
"The non-washable mask is a type of polypropylene, a plastic used in surgical masks. As the liquid from the droplets evaporates, the salt crystals grow back in a spiky form, damaging the bacteria or virus within five minutes, said Rubino."
If it is possible, there is hope to replace surgical masks for health-care workers with this new invention. Disposing of masks after each use will not be a process with the new product.
According to CDC.gov, when you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself, a mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing, wash your hands, masks may not be needed outside if you are away from others or with people you live with.
Remember, no mask is 100 percent effective. This safety precaution needs to be coupled with additional tactics, like washing hands, placing mask snuggly over nose and mouth, washing your mask, and not touching eyes, nose or mouth when removing mask.
Nypost.com: PhD Graduate Develops Sodium-Coated Mask That Kills Covid-19 Droplets
https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org: Which Masks Are Most Effective and Why?
Cdc.gov: Covid-19 Considerations for Wearing Masks
Globalnews.ca: Covid-19: Alberta Researcher Recognized with Innovation Award for Salt Mask