Protect yourself and others when you delve into OnBuy's extensive online range of reassuring Medical Masks. Packed with 3-ply, disposable medical masks, these popular picks are available in an array of quantities to suit your purposes - regardless of whether they're personal or professional! Ideal for reducing the risk of spreading viruses, a medical mask is a handy item of PPE to have on your person.
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Following the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns, almost everyone will have used a face mask to keep themselves and those around them safe. However, not all of these face masks are classed as medical-grade. Reusable, fabric and handmade face masks for example, are typically not classed as medical masks as these masks need to be disposed after use to ensure the highest level of hygiene is upheld - especially in high-risk environments such as hospitals and care homes.
What is a medical grade face mask?
If you're still scratching your head wondering which features make a face mask a medical-grade solution, then worry no more as we break it down for you! First and foremost, a medical mask is designed to be disposable after one use. While this may not be the most eco-friendly approach to PPE, it does ensure that any germs that are picked up are quickly binned and stopped from spreading to those who are vulnerable. As a result, once they've been worn or have been soiled, made damp, or crumpled, they should be disposed of properly be cutting the elastic ear loops, wrapping in a plastic bag and discarding in your general waste rubbish bin.
After disposal, remember to wash your hands to prevent droplets being transferred from the mask to your hand. For a face mask to be classed as medical-grade, they must also have a droplet filtration system that's operating at approximately 95% to ensure breathability and reduce the risk of virus and respiratory infection transmission thanks to the filters. It should also boast three layers of manufactured, non-woven materials like polypropylene, polyethylene or cellulose. Keep an eye out for keywords such as 3-ply, disposable and surgical to ensure you pick up a medical mask and not just a flimsy face covering.
Are reusable or disposable face masks better?
This depends on how you want to use your face mask and the kind of protection you require while out and about. Disposable medical face masks have a wide range of advantages including the fact that they are lightweight, convenient and often come in bulk packs. This makes them great for medical appointments and healthcare professionals who need to uphold the highest hygiene practices. However, their disposable nature makes them bad for the environment as they can't be recycled and a professional can use large quantities in a week or even a day!
Reusable fabric coverings are much more cost-effective as they can be used again and again but can't be used by medical professionals while working for the aforementioned reasons. Fabric face masks and coverings also won't provide the premium 3-ply protection that medical-grade masks boast, so if you're particularly vulnerable to respiratory infections, it's best to use a medial mask instead of a reusable, fabric alternative.