Why We Don't Need N95s, and Doctors Do!
Medical authorities are increasingly urging the general public to wear cloth masks when they venture out of their homes. Cloth masks are the key here. It’s important to make sure that N95 and surgical masks are reserved for frontline medical workers. They’re facing a shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) across the board, most notably N95 masks.
N95 masks are being tightly rationed in hospitals. There are reports of doctors using one mask for an entire shift, and they’re avoiding eating and drinking for 10 to 12 hours to avoid contamination. These masks were designed to be single-use items and disposed of after each patient. Our frontline workers desperately need as many of these masks as possible so they can do their work safely.
Most members of the public, however, can use cloth masks on essential trips out while practicing proper social distancing and staying home as much as possible. These masks provide an acceptable level of protection and will absolutely contribute to flattening the curve while reserving N95 masks for the frontline workers who need them.