The coronavirus has spread rapidly throughout Italy, France and now the UK. With cases soaring into 2.3 million across the world as of 18th April. The total number of recorded UK cases is at a staggering 114,000, with it predicted to only increase. Naturally, most members of the public are looking to protect themselves and their families with high-quality medical face masks, in an attempt to stop the spread of this potentially deadly virus.
As you may have noticed, local pharmacies are completely out of stock, online retailers are struggling to bring their stock levels back to normal. However, we have UK stock face masks available on our website at maskcoronavirus.co.uk.
Why is all this?
Simple, because China is the world's largest producer of face masks. Before the virus began there, on a normal day 20 million pieces of regular face masks were being created, as well as 200,000 pieces of the more advanced FFP2/N95.
Now, due to the strict lockdown measures, factories are only working at 76% of their regular capacity, creating a significant shortfall in the number of face masks on the market.
As the number of countries going into lockdown increases, fewer face masks are being made, particularly within countries like Italy, where one northern industrial equipment shop sold out of 500 masks within the first 30 minutes of opening.
Worry not! On our website, you will find various face masks all in stock and ready to be shipped to you. We have N95, KN95, FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 in folding, moulded and valved styles.
As of today, we have experienced an increased surge in purchases on all our face masks, so best hurry as not to miss out on this going fast product.
Do face masks help to prevent COVID-19?
As the coronavirus is new, the WHO, as well as leading health and medical experts, are still undergoing tests to gain a greater understanding of this virus. The WHO has realized recommended guidance on face masks is an effective preventative measure in catching the virus but also effecting in limiting its spread, whether you’re showing symptoms or not.
Face masks act as an effective barrier against inhaling the infected respiratory droplets from a sneeze or cough of an infected person. The face mask disallows harmful substances to be inhaled into your respiratory tract and vice versa.
However, wearing a protective face mask will not guarantee that you will not contract the virus it will go a long way towards helping to protect you. Other methods such as following adequate personal hygiene practices like washing your hands regularly, using hand sanitisers and sneezing and coughing into tissues that are then immediately discarded are of best practice.
If you do begin to show symptoms such as persistent coughing and high temperatures, be sure to contact the non-emergency number 111, or your local GP via phone.
Which medical face mask is best?
There are tonnes of face masks on the market, all with varying degrees of comfort and protectiveness. Here in the UK, it is important to understand what kind of face masks your daily activities require you to use.
Standard disposable face masks offer little protection and are not considered highly effective as they are not respiratory masks.
Respirator face masks come in three grades, FFP1, FFP2, FFP3.
FFP1 face masks offer the lowest protection but are still considered effective in shielding the respiratory system from inhaling harmful substances. Those that are moulded to the nose mouth and chin offer the best comfortable fit, as well as fitting snug they do not allow for particles to be inhaled through gaps.
FFP3 face masks provide the highest level of respiratory protection, even use against Asbestos. These are to types of masks worn by medical professionals at the front line against the coronavirus as they protect against liquids and gases in concentrations up to 50x OEL or 20x APF.