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Face Masks: Do They Protect from Sickness?

Posted by Abbi Swanson on 17th Nov 2021

FACE MASKS: DO THEY REALLY PROTECT YOU FROM GETTING SICK?

In the past two years, face masks have been our number one accessory when leaving our homes. Grocery stores, public transportation, gyms & even our workplaces display signs reading “Face Masks Required” and it has started to become the new normal for us. In this article, we break down the function of face masks and how they may or may not protect you from catching bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19.

 

HOW COVID-19 SPREADS

COVID-19 is a virus that relies on a host to survive and replicate while thriving in a moist environment. The virus spreads through droplets transmitted from person to person and enters its new host via the eyes, nose, or mouth. Therefore, face masks became a quick requirement in order to block these avenues of entry thus spreading the virus. However, more recent studies have found a detectable level of live respiratory droplets on the outer layer of a surgical mask can last up to 7 days.

 

THE FUNCTION OF FACE MASKS

Coronavirus is most often spread when one coughs, sneezes, talks, or sings, sending droplets into the air that can be transmitted to another person. Face Masks are designed to cover the vulnerable areas of entry (the eyes, nose, and mouth) and are recommended to be worn in all crowded public places. Typically, face masks are made from non-woven fabric with a bacteria filtration feature that consists of about 3 layers of polyester, polypropylene, or other materials. Masks are made with 2 filter layers that are designed to block bacteria above 1 micron in size.

 

FACE MASKS ARE NOT THE ULTIMATE SHIELD

While face masks are widely advertised as the best form of protection from COVID-19, they are not a perfect shield against getting sick. Gaps in between your face masks and your skin can leave you vulnerable to respiratory droplets in the air. Replacing your disposable mask in between outings is a key factor in increasing the prevention as well. Putting your face mask on and off may cause you to touch your face allowing for microbes that you touched in the store, office or gym to enter your body. There are many factors that play a significant role in the effectiveness of your face masks and that is why it is crucial NOT to depend on covering your nose and mouth for the “ultimate” form of protection.

 

HOW ELSE CAN WE PROTECT OURSELVES FROM MICROBES?

Research conducted at two independent laboratories reveals that a natural reagent called Protocatechuate (PCA) has the ability to effectively inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19 immediately on contact and for up to 24 hours following application (see US Patent #10,959,969). Following further testing, it has been discovered that PCA has the potential to provide antimicrobial protection on personal protective equipment (PPE)...THIS INCLUDES FACE MASKS (see US Patent #11,103,471 B2).

 

 

PCA Spray Away D.O.A can be used to spray on your hands, surfaces & face masks to provide 24-hour protection against microbes in your environment. Take Spray Away on the go and use it on your hands after a trip to the grocery store...spray on your face mask before entering a crowded place... or use it on surfaces in your own home before company comes over. Whatever you are doing, you can help protect yourself and prevent the spread of microbes by using PCA Spray Away D.O.A!