Indian Government Warns That Valved N95 Mask Can’t Stop COVID-19

Harin - Jul 23, 2020


Indian Government Warns That Valved N95 Mask Can’t Stop COVID-19

The Indian health ministry warns that you should not use valved face masks as they might not keep us safe against COVID-19 as we have thought.

In this COVID-19 pandemic, face masks have become essential even though people can feel uncomfortable wearing them for a long time.

And this has led to different types of face masks being sold in the market. There are cheap cloth face masks and there are fancy valved ones. There are even funny ones with printed smiley images on them.

Valved Face Mask
You should not use valved face masks as they might not keep us safe against COVID-19 as we have thought.

Recently, a warning highlighting recommendations regarding how to use your face mask has been issued by the Indian health ministry. According to the warning, you should not use valved face masks as they might not keep us safe against COVID-19 as we have thought.

The problem with N95 masks is the valves. N95 masks are provided for health care workers and workers working at construction sites.

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The problem with N95 masks is the valves.

The mask is designed to be able to filter the air coming in. At the front of the mask is a valve, enabling better ventilation. However, most of the masks available in the market only comes with a one-way valve. This means while the valve does filter the air from the outside, it doesn’t contain your breath inside. So it is like an unfiltered outlet.

So the best face mask to use is the one with a two-way valve. If you have a face mask with a one-way valve, you are putting others in danger.

If you still want to wear an N95 mask, use the one that doesn’t come with the respirator and resembles a duck’s mouth a little bit. You can also purchase one that has an inlet and outlet valve.

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If you have a face mask with a one-way valve, you are putting others in danger.

The safest one iss homemade cloth masks. But you need to wash it in boiling water with some salt in it for five minutes. Dry it properly before wearing it. It isn’t safe to share a mask with anyone.

>>> Indian Man Wears $4,000 Solid Gold Face Mask To Fight COVID-19

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