No one likes getting sick and one of the best ways to prevent it from happening is to avoid coming into contact with bacteria and viruses. Most people know proper handwashing and avoiding people who are sick are two effective ways to avoid getting sick. But what about face masks? Are they effective? And how do you know which ones to use and when?
In this article, we dive deeper to learn everything there is to know about face masks. We’ll explain the different types of face masks as well as the appropriate times to use them. As a bonus, we’ll also look into how to properly use a face mask to ensure its effectiveness. Let’s dive in!
What Are the Different Types of Face Masks?
There are many different types of masks and face coverings on the market from neck gaiters and reusable cloth masks to disposable surgical masks and N95 respirators. That said, not all masks are created equal. Here are the three primary types of masks that are recommended by health professionals:
- Cloth or paper masks
- Procedural and surgical masks
- N95 respirators
Let’s take a closer look at each of these types of face masks.