The COVID-19 pandemic has badly and greatly affected the whole world in all spheres of life- economically, health-wise, socially, and in many other aspects of life. The spread of this disease is very fast and is draining the resources of even the strongest economies. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended using face masks to curb the spread of the disease. And governments world over are implementing the recommendation.
The following are some advantages of using reusable cloth masks:
Minimize Wastage of Single-Use Masks
It is surprising to note that millions of single-use surgical face masks are produced every year. There is an increased use of single-use masks surgical by the public who don’t know how to dispose of them correctly. This has triggered a serious environmental nightmare because used surgical masks are strewn all over, thus posing an ecological catastrophe. A reusable face mask comes in handy here because it can be used many times, reducing the waste and hence a cleaner environment.
Reduce Short Supply of Surgical Masks
Because of the massive demand during the pandemic period, surgical masks are in short supply. They are urgently required by the doctors, caretakers, and other healthcare professionals charged with being actively involved with saving the lives of the patients who have contracted the disease.
Therefore, the general public doesn’t need the surgical grade masks. This is because cloth masks are equally effective in preventing droplets from the nose and the mouth from splashing and possibly infecting other people.
A single reusable face mask can be reused even 30 times and over, saving more than 30 single-use surgical face masks. This will save stocks of the much-needed surgical masks for doctors and health workers. Moreover, it will save money for the general public and also the governments during these hard times. Cloth face masks eliminate the worry of contamination because you wash and dry the face cover, ready to use again.
Takes Care of the Low Capacity to Dispose
In a hospital environment, surgical masks are disposed of properly to avoid contamination by way of incineration. Since the general public cannot adhere to the recommended disposal, there is a great risk of contamination and adverse environmental impact due to unsafe and unhygienic surgical masks’ removal. This issue is easily solved with a reusable cloth mask because fewer single-use face covers will be used and disposed of correctly.