Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores in 2020, wearing a disposable face mask in public was rarely a norm. It was a personal preference and generally for healthcare professionals and visitors at the facility.
While it’s no longer necessary to wear a disposable face mask in today’s settings, there are several frequently asked questions. In this article, we seek to answer these questions.
How long can I wear a disposable face mask before replacing it?
Disposable face masks are intended for single use only, as they are typically made from non-woven fabric and consist of three to four layers that contain fluid resistance layers, a meltblown filter layer and a fluid absorbent inner layer.
You should discard and replace your face mask after every use. While the recommended duration of use varies, we suggest you replace your face mask every 4 to 6 hours, depending on the humidity, activity level, and condition of the face mask.
Are disposable face masks effective at filtering out particles?
Disposable face masks in Malaysia are regulated under specific health standards to ensure effective protection against viruses, bacteria, and particles. For a face mask to carry an ASTM rating, the FDA requires the mask to be tested in three aspects: barrier, physical, and safety.
A face mask may be rated ASTM level 1, 2, or 3. Additionally, a face mask rated ASTM level 1 is not recommended to be used in areas with moderate to high fluid exposure risk.
How do I properly dispose of a used face mask?
You might assume that just throwing it into the trash bin is the acceptable way. However, the journey is far from over when it comes to preventing the spread of disease.
If one has been unwell or infected, a used face mask should be placed in a sealed bag before disposing in a designated trash bin. For general disposal, do roll up the face mask and loop it before disposing in a trash bin.
Can I wear a disposable face mask in hot or humid weather?
Face mask usage should be prioritised if you are in a high-risk, crowded environment where infection or heavy dust particles are present to protect yourself in these conditions.
You can choose a lightweight, disposable face mask that offers good breathability. You can also take breaks in a safer space when needed.
What are the best practices for storing our supply of face masks?
Store in its original box with its flap closed to prevent dust and particles from accumulating or in an anti-bacterial pouch to prevent exposure to dust, dirt, moisture or other contaminants.
Are disposable face masks safe to wear for extended periods?
Disposable face masks are generally safe to wear for extended periods.
However, we recommend changing your face mask every 4 to 6 hours for good hygiene and safety. For those with sensitive skin prone to acne, it is highly recommended to replace it frequently to minimise skin irritation from trapped moisture and bacteria.
Can I wear a disposable face mask if I have sensitive skin?
If you have sensitive skin, it is recommended to choose a face mask with a lint-free inner layer to reduce irritation. Disposable face masks with high breathability and soft hypoallergenic will be for pre-existing skin conditions or are prone to allergies.
Where to get good quality disposable face masks in Malaysia?
We all want to protect ourselves and our loved ones from airborne diseases, and learning more about disposable face masks will simplify your selection. MEDICOS is here to ensure everyone who uses our face masks are protected and returns home safely. Continue to stay safe with MEDICOS disposable face masks. Message us for more information.