Why factories cant keep up with demand for face masks for coronavirus – Business Insider
“We are recommending masks for everyone because many people are asymptomatic carriers, and we don’t know who the carriers are,” Chris Ziebell, an emergency medical director for US Acute Care Solutions, told Business Insider.
“So if everyone wears a mask when in public, the ones who have illness in them, whether symptomatic or not, will not contaminate the environment,” he continued.
Surgical masks are a type of medical-grade mask that protects others from getting infected by blocking the wearer from spreading the virus.
“We actually put the mask on and put a hood on over it. We fill the hood with stinky aerosol. If the person wearing the mask can smell the stink, then the mask doesn’t fit right, and a different mask has to be tried,” Ziebell told Business Insider. “When we find one that seals so perfectly to the face that no stink can get in, that becomes the mask to wear.”
There’s a global shortage of N95 respirators and surgical masks, which are designed for one-time use, forcing healthcare professionals in overwhelmed hospitals to reuse masks. This shortage was caused by the sudden spike in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
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