face masks

This past year dramatically changed the way we view health and safety measures. As the global pandemic continues and new variants begin to form, it’s important to take necessary precautions to reduce your risk of infection.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the new variants are more contagious which means you need to upgrade your face masks for safety.

Covid-19 Variations

SARS-CoV-2, or Covid-19, has continued to spread throughout the United States. Even with the rollout of three new vaccines, it’s still important to wear a mask.

This is especially true with the new COVID-19 variants which are highly contagious and some even vaccine-resistant.

As we continue to battle back the pandemic, there are thankfully things that you can do to keep you and your family safe.

Reduce Your Risk

While wearing a snug-fitting mask is the number one priority, there are several additional steps you can take to reduce your risk of catching Covid-19 and its variants.

  • Maintain social distancing at least 6 feet
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after touching your mask
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Ages 2+ should wear masks in public spaces

These are especially important with the new more contagious variants.

Different Face Masks to Use

Let’s take a look at the different types of face masks, and how you can double layer for additional protection.

N95 Masks

While these offer the best protection, they are not ideal outside of clinics. If you do need to use these for essential jobs, make sure they are certified for safety.

Disposable Masks

A standard surgical mask does a great job of filtering most particulates. They offer the second-best protection.

Cloth Face Coverings

Not all fabric face masks are created equally. If you wear one, make sure you have at least two layers with a higher thread count.

Since the new variations are more contagious, it’s highly-encouraged to double your layers, especially with cloth face coverings, to add more levels of filtration.

Proper COVID-19 Protection

After a year of numerous case studies, researchers know what works when looking for proper protection.

Check out some examples of what to avoid.

Thin Neck Gators: They offer nearly no protection.

Masks With Valves: This exchanges more air in and out with no filtration.

Hard Plastic Shields: They are not an acceptable substitute for face masks.

Remember to properly cover your nose, mouth, and chin. Masks worn below the nose are useless in protecting you.

Protect Yourself and Your Community!

By now the science is clear: wearing face masks is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your community from Covid-19.

At the Center for Health and Well-being in San Diego, CA, we try to bridge the gap between medical advancements and holistic services. Even during this stressful time, we are here to offer full medical services and advice for our community.

Connect with our team, today, with all your medical needs! Your health and well-being are our number one priority.