Ever since the Novel Coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, disposable face mask has always been in high demand as it is important for self-protection and also to protect the others.
To a westerner, wearing a face mask indicates that someone is already sick, while for a Chinese or Asian, wearing a face mask is also a self-protection measure. This different interpretation of wearing a face mask may have caused misunderstanding and public panic.
However, there’s no right or wrong as long as we use it well and do not exploit it for one’s own benefits.
Why do you wear a face mask?
When a disposable face mask is worn by someone who is sick to cover his mouth and nose, it helps to limit the spread of droplets produced through talking, sneezing and coughing. They serve as a barrier for contaminants from being released into the environment to be inhaled by the others. In short, these masks help to prevent the spread of disease.
However, there are people who wear it to prevent getting infected by the surrounding. For example, the medical and healthcare workers including nurses and surgeons who are going to perform clean and hygiene surgery to ensure that the germs from their mouth and nose do not contaminate via patients’ wounds.
Be a Responsible User
Only a tightly worn face mask can provide complete protection by filtering the tiny particles properly. As face mask is advised to use up to maximum of eight hours, it should be disposed correctly once it is used or damaged as discarded mask can still spread infection in open space.
The right way of handling used face mask is not to touch the outer surface and to keep it in a covered waste disposal bin. Immediately wash your hand with soap before you put on a new mask.
Unfortunately, these disposable face masks are non-recyclables nor reusable. Therefore, please do not toss it anywhere to avoid environmental pollution and also to help reduce the risk of spreading the contaminants. Be a responsible user and take care of the environment.
"Nature doesn't need people - people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature." Harrison Ford