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Should you wear a face mask?

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Should you wear a face mask?
There is a great deal of discussion at the moment about whether the public should wear a face mask to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said in the Coronavirus press briefing on April 30 that face masks may be useful, especially as people return to work and Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, has signalled something similar.

The latest guidance from the World Health Organisation states that you should wear a face mask if you are coughing or sneezing in order to prevent spreading any infection to other people. If you are healthy, then you only need to wear mask when taking care of someone suspected of or confirmed as having COVID-19.


Don’t risk your health with an uncertified face mask

Take care when searching for face masks online as many that are widely available are not medically certified. This means they may not work as effectively and offer you the protection you need. 
At Complete Care Shop, we ensure that all our face masks are certified medical devices, so you can rest assured that they will deliver on reducing your risk of contracting or spreading viruses or potentially harmful bacteria. 

So what types of face masks are available?

Complete Care Shop offer Type 1 surgical masks,Type II and Type IIR surgical masks and FFP2 medical masks. Our Type I, Type II and Type IIR surgical masks can help to prevent transmission of respiratory viruses and have been manufactured to European Type I, Type II and Type IIR standards. Our Type 1 face masks have been tested to a bacterial filtration efficiency of 95%, whilst our Type II and Type IIR surgical masks have been tested to filter 98% of bacteria effectively. All our masks are ideal for protection in public areas and socially distanced environments featuring ear loops and mouldable nose bands ensuring a close fit. The fluid resistant properties of Type IIR masks are specifically for close proximity environments such as care homes and hospitals and will protect against fluid transfer from coughs and sneezes.
Our FFP2 face masks are a different type of medical mask, which can filter out 95% of small particles and will help to reduce your risk of contracting or spreading viruses, including coronavirus, by protecting you against droplets if someone close by coughs or sneezes. Generally used in construction, agriculture and by healthcare professionals, an FFP2 face mask fits firmly and comfortably around your nose and mouth, leaving no gaps at the side for smaller, airborne particles to enter. FFP2 masks are highly fluid-resistant and are available to buy in a pack of 10 or a pack of 20.

How do you put on and take off your face mask safely?

The World Health Organisation advises that face masks are only effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning. Before putting on a face mask, you must clean your hands using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and water. Then once you’ve removed the face mask, you must repeat this process. 

Below, you’ll find a handy graphic from the World Health Organisation on how to put on a face mask and how to remove it hygienically and safely before disposal.


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