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Busting face mask myths: 4 myths about the use of face masks

At the start of 2020, we entered an era of social isolation unlike any other in recent history. People were forced to lockdown in their homes and countries, which challenged our very way of living. 

Face masks, until then, were only used in countries with high pollution rate. But in April 2020, all that changed and face masks were everywhere. Governments around the world advocated the use of face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People who had never used masks before, were uncomfortable using it and as a result there has been a lot of misinformation about the use of face masks.

As a company whose purpose is to provide clean and healthy air to everyone, we decided to take matters into our own hands, and debunk 4 myths surrounding the use of face masks.

Myth 1: I cannot breathe well when I put the mask over my mouth and nose

To prevent the spread of droplets containing the coronavirus, it is important that your face mask covers your mouth and nose. Infectious droplets can be transmitted via the nose, so if your mask covers only your mouth, it isn’t offering full protection.

MEO Air face masks are designed based on extensive research and careful design that follow the shape of your face. They can be moulded to fit every face with comfort and its distinctive shape and features reduce the build-up of moisture and heat which is common with other masks. This helps you breathe naturally without being uncomfortable. 

Myth 2: Wear a mask only if you’re sick

Simply put, wearing a mask helps decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Research has shown that a lot of people are carriers of the virus and may never exhibit external symptoms of the virus. These people do not know they are transmitting the virus to others when they talk, sneeze, cough or raise their voice. Wearing a mask not only helps protect your loved ones from unknowingly catching the virus but also prevents you from picking up any strains of the virus from others.

Myth 3: Your face mask masks trap the carbon dioxide that we normally breathe out

There has been a lot of misinformation about the correct usage and benefits of masks. Using a mask cannot lead to carbon dioxide poisoning as carbon dioxide molecules are very tiny, even smaller than respiratory droplets. They cannot be trapped by breathable materials like masks. 

In fact, the MEO Air Helix Filter Media is also the world’s most breathable filter. It traps the smallest of particles and bacteria ensuring it takes less energy to draw air through the filter and allows people to breathe purified air easily.

Myth 4: Babies should wear face masks.

According to Dr. Ling Chan, a New Zealand based pathologist, “Anyone who can’t take the mask off or put it on by themselves should not be masked”. Quoted in an article in Stuff, Dr. Lang said that children over the age of 10 have exhibited the same COVID-19 transmission rates as adults. So, it was important for kids to wear masks in confined indoor spaces and outdoors to avoid the spread by community transmission. However, babies aged under 2 should never be masked due to the risk of suffocation. 

Our MEO kids range are designed keeping the little people in mind. With four fun designs, MEO Kids face masks fabric is selected with utmost care. These face masks are comfortable, safe and fun to wear – even for the most enthusiastic child.

There is power and safety in knowledge. It is best to gain information from the right sources and err on the side of caution when it comes to the health of you and your family.