The Global Pandemic known to all as Covid-19, has been the reason for many deaths around the world and consequently, the reason for increase in panic of the citizens globally. One major cause of panic is the confusion around face masks. What mask should we wear, how will the mask help us, etc.
After extensive research of fabric, design and wearability, our team at Pansula Workwear, have produced a mask that we believe can aid in this fight against COVID-19.
Pansula Workwear is a registered essentials supplier. As a proudly South African company, and for the safety of our nation we encourage all people to stay safe during this crisis :
Here are some safety tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Use a Fabric/Cloth Face Mask
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Incorporate the use of a hand sanitizer as well.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the corner of your arm, and safely throw away the tissue
- Keep a distance of 1,5m from others & If you are ill, stay at home, or arrange for a clinical assessment.
Taking in the guidelines set by different health organizations and the common goal of preventing the virus from spreading further, we have designed our masks
Made from 2ply/3ply cotton, that secures behind the head. The reason for having the mask behind the head is to allow comfort, and usability and avoid the discomfort that comes from masks that are secured behind the ears.
- Here are some tips from the Western Cape Department of Health, regarding the cloth masks:
- A cloth mask, if correctly used, and cleaned can offer the following protection:
- The mask will reduce the transmission of droplets from the source (any person coughing or sneezing)
- It will reduce inhaling a large number of droplets from others
- It will reduce exposure in overcrowded areas such as taxis, shops and government buildings
- It will create awareness around Covid-19
When can a cloth mask be used:
Cloth masks can be used by both the community and non-healthcare workers and where there is no physical contact which includes:
- Travelling to and from work using public transport
- When stepping outside the house to go shopping or seeking healthcare
- In self isolation when contact with others is necessary (remember distancing)
- When stopping and talking to members of the public (for example, traffic police)
- When conducting interviews during house to house visits (for example, community workers)
- When cleaning the streets/disposing of domestic rubbish
How to properly use a cloth mask:
The usage of any type of mask should be accompanied by strictly adhering to safe usage guidelines.
- Wash your hands before applying and after removing a mask, never touch the cloth part and never fiddle with it whilst wearing,
- Refrain from touching your face.
- Discard disposable masks.
- Wash cloth masks with warm soapy water and iron when dry.
It is very important that residents use a cloth mask properly. If they do not, it might result in them putting themselves at risk of spreading Covid-19.
- Only use a mask that has been cleaned & ironed
- Place the mask with the correct side facing your nose and mouth, covering both well
- Tie the strings behind your head, or if you are using elastic bands, make sure these are tight
- Make sure it fits well. Move it around to get the best fit.
- Never touch the cloth part.
- Once you have put on the mask
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE again until you take it off
When you take it off, undo the ties, and carefully fold the mask inside out, hold it by the strings/elastic and place the mask in a container preserved for washing the cloth mask.
Wash hands thoroughly and dry before doing anything else
Maintaining the mask:
You must have at least two cloth masks per person so you will be able to wash one and have a clean one ready for use.
Wash the mask daily in soap and hot water (tolerated during hand wash).
Rinse thoroughly and dry
IRON THE MASK- this is the best means of disinfection!”