Surgical masks are what we are used to seeing in clinical settings. Its objective is to prevent infected (or suspected infected) healthcare personnel and patients from transmitting infectious agents.
These masks are designed to filter exhaled air. Your mission is to protect those around you, avoiding the spread of viruses when sneezing, coughing or talking.
TYPES OF SURGICAL MASKS
According to their Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (EFB), they are type I or type II. The latter can also be resistant to splashes (blood and other biological fluids) if they are called IIR.
HOW LONG DOES THEY LAST?
It depends on the manufacturer. Check the instructions. When you notice it wet or dirty, change it.
For reasons of comfort and hygiene, it is usually recommended not to use the mask for more than 4 hours.
In case it gets damp or deteriorates due to use, it is recommended to replace it with another one.
* They may have an expiration date.
WHERE TO BUY?
In any establishment and must be sold packaged.
* Only pharmacies can sell individually unwrapped surgical masks and they must be supplied in a format that ensures protection from contamination prior to use.