The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people wear face masks in public
I’ve never seen anything like this in my lifetime. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic disrupting life as we know it.
It’s like someone hit the pause button and life suddenly came to a halt. All but the most essential stores are closed (now slowly reopening). Thousands of people are laid off work. There are record-high unemployment claims and strangely there’s no traffic on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles.
We only realized this was a novel coronavirus when people in Wuhan, China started getting seriously ill in late November 2019 and nothing in our medical arsenal was working to cure patients.
Now, as I write this, over 36 million people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19 according to the data at https://ncov2019.live/ and about 3% of those have died from the respiratory illness.
Out of every 100 people who contract the disease, on average, 3 will die. That’s a daunting statistic.
So how do we prevent getting sick and slow the spread of infection?
We all need to make some massive changes to our daily routine and rapidly adopt healthy habits in an effort to avoid getting sick and potentially dying from the virus.
The following measures are only temporary until the virus is no longer a threat. These suggestions will help lower the speed that the virus can spread from person to person.
Stay indoors – find other ways to communicate with your family and friends. Use Facetime, Zoom or Skype to video chat. (At least we still have internet, albeit considerably slower than it used to be.) The point is, don’t go outside unless you absolutely need to get critical supplies.
Social distancing – we can’t tell for sure who is contagious. It can take up to 2 weeks to show symptoms. Asymptomatic people (with no visible signs of being sick) can still spread the virus to you and your loved ones. Stay 6 feet (or more) away from everyone. Keep a safe zone around you at all times.
Wash your hands often – Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Use Hand Sanitizer – Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based gel that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.
Wear a face mask – A few months ago, it may have seemed silly to wear a face mask during a trip to the grocery store. And in fact, the CDC was advising that most people do not need to wear masks. The CDC has reconsidered and now recommends that everyone should wear a face mask in public. As cases of the coronavirus have skyrocketed, there’s new thinking about the benefits that masks could offer in slowing the spread.
That’s where we come in. It’s clear we have to adjust our lifestyle for a while until we get past this pandemic. While we can’t make you stay indoors (please do) to stay safe and stop the spread of the virus, we can offer a safe, reliable, disposable, breathable, inexpensive, FDA approved Level 3 face mask with greater than 98% filtration protection against particles as small as 0.1 microns in size. (A grain of dust is 5-1000 microns.)
Our masks are not surgical grade N95 masks (with 99.9% filtration) that doctors and healthcare workers require to interact with infected patients. Let’s save those for the brave healthcare workers on the front line. Our masks are the next best option – and highly recommended protection for the rest of us when going outside.
We are making them affordable because we want to get them in every household. Together we can beat this pandemic. Stay safe! #wearamask