Are There Types of Masks that Effectively Protect the Body from Covid-19 Delta Variant?

Types of Masks that Effectively Protect the Body from Covid-19 Delta Variant?
using mask during rising covid-19 cases

The delta variant of Covid-19 is now spreading everywhere, including in Indonesia. As known, this virus variant has the fastest spread’s rate.

One way to prevent contracting the delta variant of Covid-19 is to use a mask certainly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises people who have injected the Covid-19 vaccine fully to keep wearing a mask to protect themselves from the Delta variant.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, noticed a surge in coronavirus cases among people who had been vaccinated. In a sense, the Covid-19 vaccine is not fully capable of protecting or making a person immune to Covid-19, especially the Delta variant.

Therefore, people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 still need to carry out health protocols, including wearing masks.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said certain types of masks might provide better protection against the risk of infection with the Delta variant.

“These people can use a KN95 or N95 mask which provides the best protection because the virus is hard to penetrate from the mask,” he said.

As known, the two types of medical masks designs to filter 95 percent of the coronavirus particles that enter the mask.

Currently, the CDC recommends that masks be N95 Prioritized for protection against the coronavirus in healthcare settings. They recommend that workers who are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus wear N95 masks.

The FDA warns that the optimal way to prevent coronavirus airborne transmission is to use a combination of interventions from across the control hierarchy, not just PPE.

The CDC also hasn’t issued any guidance indicating that certain masks might offer better protection against the Delta variant.

Instead, they suggest wearing a two-layer mask or a double mask. In addition, the mask must fit snugly on the face side without gaps and have a nose wire to prevent air goes leaking from above.