Mask : A new companion of Life

As the coronavirus outbreak quickly surges worldwide, many countries are adopting non-therapeutic preventive measures which include travel bans, remote office activities, country lockdown and most importantly, social distancing. However, these measures face challenges in Bangladesh, a lower-middle-income economy with one of the world’s densest population. Social distancing is difficult in many areas of the country and with the minimal resources the country has, it would be extremely challenging, to implement the mitigation measures. As there is no vaccine available to prevent this new type of coronavirus until now, there is no other way to avoid the transmission of this deadly virus, other than by protecting the body from contracting the virus. The easiest way is by wearing a face mask to prevent the entry of the virus into the body.

The world has largely understood that face masks are a key ally in our fight against the novel coronavirus. But as the reality of wearing a mask day in and day out sinks in, practical problems also start to emerge. Buying single-use masks can be costly and cumbersome. Besides, one need to adopt the guidelines of wearing the mask correctly in order to avoid infection.

Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. There are different types of masks available in the market but N95, surgical, and multi-layer cotton masks perform well to fight against COVID-19. But still some people including day laborers, rickshaw puller don’t have any idea about the proper use of wearing a face mask and a large percentage of them don’t wear masks at all despite the risk of getting infected. Some use face coverings as an easier way but they don’t give the wearer as much protection as multi-layer masks. Such ignorance may result in taking a heavy toll of lives.