In Asiatic countries it is a cultural habit to wear mouth masks to protect the people around you. On public places or workplaces, where social distancing can be an issue, wearing one is useful. Since you may not know if you carry a virus, you're better off playing it safe. For others. That is why some governments will make it compulsory in certain places.
Scientific advisers, in several countries, have passed advice on whether the public should wear face masks. Most organizations (including the World Health Organization) say two groups of people should wear protective masks. Those who are sick and showing symptoms, or those who care for people suspected to have the virus.
There are some differences in mouth masks. The most protective ones are FFP3, FFP2 or N95, which are used in hospitals. Staff in lower-risk situations can wear surgical masks, called OK-masks. The public can wear cotton masks, which can be used for 8 hours and need to be washed after use.
Non-surgical face masks can help stop the spread of the virus, which is spread by droplets. They can spray in the air when those who are, or have been, infected cough, sneeze or talk. If they enter your body through mouth, nose or eyes you can get infected as well.
Several governments and doctors said it was illogical to advise to wear masks only if you show symptoms, but not if you don’t show symptoms. They believe “some form of facial protection is going to become the norm” across our culture, as well.
Therefore, DEW has decided to make their own face masks, to help you protect your community. Our masks are made in several local sheltered workshops in Antwerp from quality cotton scraps, sourced from local boutiques in Belgium. They are breathable, 1-size-fits-all, machine-washable at 60-90° Celsius and have the unique DEW-touch.
Remember it is important to keep the masks clean. For your convenience, we follow the WHO-guidelines:
- Clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water before putting on a face mask.
- Cover mouth & nose to make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
- Try not to touch the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Remove the mask: remove from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
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