Does wearing a mask protect you against the flu and other viruses like Covid19?
Masks are part of our everyday life today. Whether outdoors, in parks or to go shopping, on public transport or at work, these pieces of plastic and fabric accompany us everywhere.
We know how important wearing a mask is to limit the spread of viruses, but does wearing a mask protect you against the flu and other viruses like Covid19?
Although they are the most widely used masks, surgical masks are not designed to protect you from disease. The disposable mask is above all a way to protect others, since it will prevent the passage of bacterial and viral particles: this is called the barrier effect.
There is, however, a hypothesis that wearing a mask would protect severe forms of Covid-19. "We tell the population to wear a mask to protect others but we should also tell people to do it for themselves, the mask also protects them", explains Professor Bruno Hoen, director of medical research at the Institut Pasteur.
Indeed, an article in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a person wearing the mask would develop less severe forms of the disease. According to the researchers, a person wearing a mask is exposed to less virus, allowing the person to have a more effective immune response against the virus.
Although disposable masks have been proven to be effective as a first barrier, FFP2 certified masks are nonetheless more effective.
FFP2 masks are masks designed to filter the air you breathe, retaining fine particles and microparticles in the mask filter.
A FFP mask is therefore a respiratory protection device intended to protect the wearer against the inhalation of both droplets and particles suspended in the air.
Both effective and less restrictive than an FFP3 mask, the FFP2 mask is ideal for personal protection, whether against viruses or pollution.
This is why at Blossum Mask we have had our masks certified, in order to provide you with effective protection that can be used on a daily basis.