The widespread using face masks by the public could put NHS supplies vulnerable, says Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers.
How well you are able to breathe through a material can be as essential as how well it stops the spread of disease. If it’s too much to breathe, it may be dangerous if you have respiratory problems. Heavy breathing might also affect how well the mask works. So, despite their high ratings, the researchers said, the vacuum bag was too stiff and thick to be used in a very mask, and also the tea towel was too hard to breathe through. They recommended a pillowcase or cotton T-shirt due to its stretch.
Still, homemade cloth masks can be better than nothing. “Is it as being good as [masks from] medical-grade, quality-controlled, assured storage, temperature-controlled warehouse? Probably not,” Witt says. “Is it adequate? Absolutely.” A 2008 study of homemade … Read the rest