With the current Corona Virus Pandemic, face masks are available in different shapes, designs, fabrics, and colors; most importantly, face masks protect against infection and spread of Corona Virus. Face masks are won in public spaces and are especially helpful where physical distancing is not possible such as schools that are now reopening. Teacher and student face masks are a necessary tool as teachers prepare to go back to classes, and students make face masks part of their school wear.
Because the virus spreads through droplets either when speaking, coughing, or sneezing, masks help contain these droplets and, therefore, crucial whether you are infected or healthy. A mask protects when you wear it correctly, from the bridge of your nose to under your chin. Your mask should not be too tight, but loose enough to stay in place securely. A well-fitted mask should leave room for you to speak and be heard comfortably without irritation, which will cause you to contact your face.
Qualities of a good face mask for Teachers and Students
- The fabric
A good face mask is from cotton fabric with high thread count. Cotton is breathable; therefore, an excellent choice for masks as the high thread count works as a filter for the droplets. Masks made from cotton fabric are also powerful hence durable.
- Masks with dual filters
Adding an extra breathable filter to your masks increases the protection level of your mask. Mask filters made from coffee filters, paper towels, and reusable non-glittery grocery bags are efficient.
- Fitting masks
Proper fit is crucial for comfortable breathing because a loose mask will not contain droplets; neither will it offer sufficient protection from your surrounding; even worse, it can fall off. A mask that is tight, on the other hand, will result in irritation and itchiness. Properly fitting masks should go across your nose and cheeks under your chin and back to your ear, both on the left and right side of your face. Take keen note that the straps or bands of the mask don't tag your ears, which will cause ear pains. Ensure your mask fits snugly.
Face masks are worn for long hours and go through a lot of wear and tear. Consider washable and reusable masks, so you don't need to buy new masks every day. Check the condition of your mask every time you wash and store them to ensure they have maintained their original shape and not torn.
- Ease of use
Masks with elastic bands are generally comfortable to wear; however, the simple rule is to ensure it does not take too much time wearing either should it be too technical. Kids may require extra precaution when wearing masks; ear hook extensions are crucial for adequately fitted masks for children.
Teachers of students with impaired hearing, speech therapists, or teachers who want to smile with their students during this hard time where we hardly see a smile need transparent window face masks that are very functional. Your mask should allow you to do your job.
- Free from allergens
An appropriate mask for you should be free from anything that will cause allergic reactions to your skin or respiratory system. Thoroughly check the material of the mask; this information is on the packaging of the pack.
You do not need medical-grade masks, double-layered with double filter mask is good enough. With your mask on, you still need to observe Corona Virus prevention measures of sanitizing, washing hands regularly, and keeping physical distance. Putting on your mask every time you step out of your house may seem odd and tiring, but it is a way to show you care for your health and others' health.
You can personalize your mask if you like to stand out, you can also choose from a range of designs and colors to what suits you. Remember, wash your hands clean with soap or sanitize before you touch your mask, remove the mask from its packet and hold it with the loop then insert the loop in your ear. For masks with straps, hold the mask to your noose then secure it with a tie on the crown of your head. Never touch your mask from the outside.