Masks protect!

“A mask means that you infect fewer people. But it also lowers the risk of being infected yourself. Naturally, you shouldn't labour under the illusion that an OP mask offers perfect protection. But the mere fact of not touching your own mouth and nose as often when wearing a mask reduces the risk of infection.”

Marcel Salathé, Epidemiologist ETH Lausanne, Source

In a nutshell

With community masks, also known as hygiene masks, we can protect others without jeopardising medical needs. This is because their design and use are identical to the familiar light-blue hygiene masks, but they are made from materials which are available on the market and are not in competition with usage for medical purposes. When choosing materials, the very latest studies are always taken into consideration.

The #mymask mask already includes an insertion pocket. As soon as enough meltblown material or other verified filter material is available, an additional protective layer can be added.

  • 1 The new coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through close and prolonged contact. Source
  • 2 he main means of transmission is by droplet infection or via the hands, for example when an infected person coughs or sneezes and the infectious droplets are projected onto their hands. A person does not have to show any symptoms for this to happen. Source
  • 3 Despite the fact that you have no symptoms, you can still carry the virus and infect other people. A mask therefore protects others from you. Quelle
  • 4 When the measures are relaxed, we will once again find ourselves in public areas more often. And that is when we can infect people. With a mask, we can protect people from being infected. A mask also prevents you from touching your own nose and mouth as often, thereby reducing the risk of smear infection. This risk can be reduced even further by maintaining a social distance, washing your hands and wearing a mask. Source
  • 5 Hong Kong has already successfully contained the virus. A recent study identifies the collective wearing of masks as a key factor in this. Similar viewpoints can be observed in many other Asian countries. People there are surprised that we have still not adopted this simple solution. Source

Wearing masks – correctly!

  • 1 Follow these federal rules relating to behaviour and hygiene: maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people, wash your hands thoroughly, avoid shaking hands, cough and sneeze into a handkerchief or the crook of your arm. The virus can sometimes pass through the mask and infect people several metres away. So please be careful! Source
  • 2 We protect ourselves by wearing a mask: if you go outside, you must never forget to wash your hands thoroughly before you leave and as soon as you return and to avoid touching the mask. Otherwise, you increase the risk that you or someone else at home could become infected. If you nevertheless touch your mask, wash your hands thoroughly as soon as possible. In the open air, especially when it is cold, remove the mask before it becomes soaked. If you enter a shop or find yourself in close proximity to other people, always put it back on.
  • 3 Do not wear the mask for more than 3 hours and change it as soon as it becomes damp. After wearing the mask, you must wash it at a minimum temperature of 60 degrees or boil it for 5 minutes. It must be completely dry before it can be used again.

Three types of protective mask

Here you can discover what types of protective mask exist and how simple fabric masks differ from hygiene masks and respiratory masks.

  • #mymask – community masks: Community masks are designed for use by the general population. Our fabric masks have several layers and are made entirely from cotton fabrics. After use, they can be washed at temperatures of over 60 degrees before being worn again. They do not protect the wearer from infection. They nevertheless protect people near the wearer to a certain extent.
  • Hygiene masks:Surgical masks are designed to be worn once by people displaying symptoms of the disease. They protect people around the wearer from coming into contact with droplets carrying the virus. However, they protect the wearer to a lesser extent as small particles from outside can find their way inside. This is partly due to the fact that the masks do not lie tightly against the face.
  • Respiratory masks: Type FFP-2 respiratory masks protect the wearer against harmful substances and pathogens present in the air. They even filter out the very smallest particles and ensure that these cannot find their way inside the mask. Respiratory masks therefore protect both the wearer and other people against infection and are intended exclusively to be worn once by medical staff.