Face masks might soon become an essential part of society if not already and thank God for our creatives in the fashion industry it would also be appealing.
In the midst of so many foreign imports, it is beautiful to see many African designers capitalize on the opportunity of producing homemade nose masks. With that said, there are 2 very important vital facts you should know about wearing the masks.
1/ MASKS DON’T REALLY PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING THE VIRUS, THE PREVENT YOU FROM SPREADING IT
Masks are mainly here to prevent you from spreading it and not so much to stop you from getting it. According to the diagram below, you are 70% likely to contract a virus wearing a mask from a non-mask-wearing a citizen. And 5% likely to contract the virus not wearing a mask from a mask-wearing citizen.
Although 70% is a good difference from 100% of Masks are more of prevention for those other than the wearer. So they really and truly only become useful to a society when the majority are wearing them.
2/ MOST COTTON MASKS DO NOT EVEN MEET THE STANDARDS TO PROTECT OR PREVENT YOU FROM SPREADING GERMS
Although some of these cotton made African print nose masks may not meet CDC standards as they lack the ability to filter particles. This means users can easily spread their antibiotics by sneezing or coughing even whilst wearing them. Even worst they can easily contract other antibiotics by wearing them. The diagram below can identify the strength in preventing of various fabrics.
One common public test many individuals are using to check the quality of Nose masks is by attempting to blow out a candle by blowing air strongly through the mask. Do you fail to blow out the candle, then it approves the quality of the fabric that limits you from spreading your own germs. Contracting germs will now depend on the design and how well it covers your nasal area.
Kustom Looks Gh in Ghana is one designer brand that has worked to this standard. See the video below.
Also Lomzy in Nigeria has done the same.