Coronavirus mask guide – Dr Sakshi Sharma
Anti- pollution masks are a necessity for people, especially those living in urban areas. 1mg talks to Dr Sakshi Sharma and she provides a guide on the different types of anti-pollution masks available in the market and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Dr Sharma says she researched before buying the mask that she is wearing in the video:
The common masks available in the market are:
Surgical Masks – These masks are meant for use in hospitals. It does not offer any protection against pollution. Hence, Dr Sharma does not recommend it.
N95 masks – It is the most commonly used mask. It can filter 95% of the pollutants such as dust, mites, bacteria, and viruses of particulate matter of up to 2.5 microns in size. The clip on that rests on the tip of the nose can be adjusted for fit. However, it is not very comfortable. Dr Sharma does not recommend it especially for people with breathing problems.
Also, since it is not available in different sizes, it will not be ideal for children.
-Advantages – Provides 95% protection against PM 2.5 and is economical. The single-use mask can be bought for INR 90-150.
-Disadvantages – It does not provide comfort, its fit is not good, there are no size options and it is not reusable.
N95 Masks with a respiratory valve – It is more comfortable than N 95.
The respiratory valve allows for easy breathing, especially if you have to wear it for long hours.
Each mask has three layers of filters for added protection
-Advantages – People with breathing difficulty will find it more convenient. It is economical and can be bought for INR 150-300
-Disadvantages – There are no size options and it is not reusable.
4. N 99 Vog Masks – Of all the masks, Dr Sharma says this is the easiest to wear and it is easy on the face
The special feature of this mask is the addition of charcoal layer which protects against gas fumes and sulphur dioxide.
It has two respiratory valves for comfortable breathing
It can filter up to 99% of pollutants up to 2.5 microns in size.
-Advantages – It is available in different sizes, and is, therefore, suitable for use in all age groups including children. It can be reused for 5-6 months and is washable.
-Disadvantages – This cost is high about INR 2000
ANTI POLLUTION MASKS ARE A MUST
Whichever pollution mask you choose, you should definitely wear one during the pollution season to breathe easy.
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NOTE: This video is meant for information and awareness purposes only. It is not an endorsement of any brand or product. Go to 1mg to buy your anti-pollution face mask for summers and winters!
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