Coronavirus: Where you can buy medical face masks...

As we all return to work, school and public places, face coverings and masks have become essential tools in our fight against COVID-19 (the new coronavirus). From the 27th of July, the Welsh Government has advised that face masks will need to be worn when using public transport, including taxis. If you are travelling to England, you will need to wear a face mask when you are in public.

Studies have shown many people can contract COVID-19 but don’t show symptoms. There have also been cases of people having the virus for several days before they show symptoms. The purpose of wearing a face covering is to keep you from spreading COVID-19 to other people. This is especially important in places where you will be close to people, for instance when you are shopping, in a waiting room or on public transportation. Remember, a mask alone cannot protect you from COVID-19. It must be combined with other measures, including:

  • maintaining at least one metre distance from others
  • washing your hands frequently
  • avoiding touching your face while wearing a mask.
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THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION’S STANCE ON MASKS…

Fabric masks should not be worn by:

  • Health workers
  • Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, including mildly ill people
  • People caring for suspect or confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside of health facilities
  • People aged 60 or over
  • People with underlying health conditions

Source: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-and-masks Please note: The World Health Organisation is regularly updating their guidance when it comes to COVID-19. Because the virus is so new, knowledge about COVID-19 continues to unfold and current knowledge is based largely on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Therefore, the guidance outlined by WHO is subject to change, so please be aware of this when reading this blog post.

The WHO currently advises anyone with underlying health conditions/people over the age of 60 to wear medical masks to protect themselves. Medical masks are a type of personal protective equipment used to prevent the spread of respiratory infections. These masks cover the mouth and nose of the wearer and, if worn properly, may be effective at helping prevent transmission of respiratory viruses and bacteria. We have partnered with Unit 10 Distribution to provide our customers with high-quality, disposable 3 ply surgical masks. Use the discount code ‘FACEBOOK2020’ for 10% off your purchase. You can also purchase medical-grade face masks from any of our Mayberry Pharmacy branches.

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The prevailing advice has also been that face masks for the general public are intended to protect others, not the wearer. It has been suggested that if our communities collectively use face masks, we may be able to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help our NHS cope under the immense pressure caused by this pandemic. Non-medical fabric masks are being used by many people in public areas, but there has been limited evidence on their effectiveness.

If you’ve already purchased a reusable face mask, please ensure it has three distinct layers. The WHO guidance recommends at least least three layers of fabric for non-medical cloth masks, including a water-resistant outer layer, mid-layer filtration layer and cloth inner layer. The Welsh government has also stressed the importance of the presence of the three layers in reusable fabric masks.

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The WHO also says that anyone who is unwell – even with mild symptoms such as muscle aches, slight cough, sore throat, fatigue or loss of taste/smell, must isolate at home and use a medical mask if they need to go to a healthcare facility. For more information about symptoms and medical advice, please read our other blog post with guidance around COVID-19.

How to put on and take off a medical mask…

How to wear a mask

  • Before touching the mask, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • Inspect the mask for tears or holes; do not use a mask that has previously been worn or is damaged.
  • Verify which side is the top – this is usually where the metal strip is
  • Then, identify the inside of the mask, which is usually the white side.
  • Place the mask on your face covering your nose, mouth and chin, making sure that there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Pinch the metal strip so it moulds to the shape of your nose.
  • Remember, do not touch the front of the mask while using it to avoid contamination; if you accidentally touch it, clean your hands.

Removing the mask…

  • Before touching the mask, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • Remove the straps from behind the head or ears, without touching the front of the mask.
  • As you remove the mask, lean forward and pull the mask away from your face.
  • Medical masks are for single use only; discard the mask immediately, preferably into a closed bin.
  • Clean your hands after touching the mask.
  • Be aware of the condition of the mask; replace it if it gets soiled or damp.

ADVICE FOR PROTECTING YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM COVID-19…

We’d like to take this moment to remind everyone, regardless of the use of masks, that to protect yourselves and others, you should:

  • avoid groups of people and crowded spaces;
  • maintain physical distance of at least 1 meter from other people, especially from those who are sick;
  • clean your hands frequently, using an alcohol-based hand rub if hands are not visibly dirty, or soap and water;
  • cover your nose and mouth with a bent elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing, dispose of the tissue and clean your hands immediately after use;
  • refrain from touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • stay informed of the progress of the disease, pay attention to local authorities and their recommendations, and follow and encourage best practices.

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