“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.
Wearing masks – correctly!
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.