Wearing a Mask: Myths and Facts
Face masks have become part of daily life since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, however, there are still many misunderstandings about how safe and effective they are, how to wear them properly and when and where masks are needed. Mask wearing comes with many myths, some even believe that wearing a mask isn’t effective at all and there is no protective value when wearing one, which is simply untrue.
We’ve listed our top 4 myths we hear most frequently, it’s time to bust them out of the water with straight-up facts.
Myth: Cloth facemasks do not protect you
Fact: Cotton facemasks such as Topmask create a barrier between your nose and mask and those around you. This makes it difficult for any droplets from coughing or sneezing that may aid the spread of coronavirus. Reusable cloth facemasks mainly keep you from unknowingly spread the disease onto others.
Myth: Other masks are more effective than cloth facemasks.
Fact: Different types of masks service different purposes, but cloth facemasks are highly protective and effective for the general public when going about daily activities. The average person who does not work in a hospital or medical centre with COVID-19 patients should wear a cloth mask to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers.
Myth: Facemasks can cause carbon dioxide (CO2) build-up.
Fact: Some people believe that carbon dioxide gets trapped under the cloth and can make you ill. This isn't true. Properly fitted masks offer adequate airflow while still covering your nose and mouth. This makes the build-up of carbon dioxide impossible. However, people with respiratory problems or children under the age 2, and those who can't remove the mask without assistance should refrain from wearing one.
Myth: You only need to wear a face mask if you feel sick.
Fact: Studies show that many people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t show any symptoms. You may have the disease and unknowingly spread it to others, including those who are more at risk to coronavirus and are more vulnerable to severe illness. Asymptomatic carriers can increase the disease's spread if they aren't taking proper precautions, including wearing a facemask.
We hope we’ve been able to bust some myths you’ve heard surrounding the use of wearing a mask. It’s important to keep following trusted medical advice to mask-up, wash your hands frequently and social distance.