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With issues rising about extra transmissible variants, I have been studying rather a lot about double masking. However are there different methods to enhance masks match? What about masks braces and masks tape? And do I have to shave my beard?!
Two masks are better than one. That is what Dr. Anthony Fauci has mentioned within the face of looming variants which can be seemingly extra transmissible.
The objective is to get a greater match whenever you’re in doubtlessly dangerous locations – say, a crowded retailer. Anything you can to improve the seal, particularly across the nostril creases, is useful at retaining pathogens out of your private air house, says Richard Corsi, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Laptop Science at Portland State College.
However there isn’t any one-size-fits-all options. “There’s not a method that is higher than one other,” says Sonali Advani, an assistant professor of medication at Duke College.
Attempt the assorted choices and discover one which’s comfy sufficient to maintain for the size of time you are out in a doubtlessly dangerous surroundings.
Here is a better take a look at a number of the numerous choices.
Masks tape: Much like what’s marketed as medical tape, “masks tape is form of like a high-tech Band-Support, says Corsi. It is offered at most pharmacies and on-line, after all. You’ll be able to take one strip about 3 inches lengthy and use it to tape your masks right down to your pores and skin the place it meets your nostril or use 3 smaller strips vertically to tighten the match. “Anecdotally, my spouse has used it, and the tape lasts and helps with the seal and fogging her glasses,” Corsi says.
Masks braces: Virginia Tech researcher Linsey Marr has tweeted that these are very helpful, though she warns that they appear tremendous dorky! You should purchase these rubber fitters on-line, or you can also make a DIY version with a template – first it’s important to buy a sheet of rubber. Marr discovered a brace a bit tight to put on over a masks for a very long time but in addition straightforward to tote with a backup masks you retain, say, in your automobile or bag. “It ought to significantly enhance efficiency of my surgical masks, which was very leaky across the sides,” she famous on Twitter.
There are additionally masks braces offered on-line, fabricated from silicone and considerably resembling the forboding masks worn by Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. These braces would match over a masks to seal it tighter to your face.
An in depth shave: In regular instances, Corsi has a beard and mustache. However he shaved the beard when he realized it was interfering together with his masks match. “If you inhale, the air will go to the trail of least resistance,” he explains. “Facial hair creates quite a lot of air gaps to get proper in. So it is actually necessary to shave the beard if you wish to be protected correctly.” Go for a clear shave anyplace the masks touches the face, he says.
If I contract COVID-19 after my first vaccine dose, what to do? Ought to I delay the second dose even when it meant going outdoors of the beneficial timeframe?
Whereas there’s controversy on the point, it has been proven that for two-dose vaccines, dose 1 doesn’t supply the whole diploma of safety as the mixture.
Within the case of the Pfizer vaccine, as an example, one study calculated efficacy after the primary injection to be round 50%. That quantity shot as much as over 92% after the second dose.
In the meantime, it does take a couple of weeks on your physique to start out churning out antibodies after vaccination.
So you can in principle be uncovered to the virus whilst you’re in a clinic or pharmacy getting your dose. Or maybe you get careless after dose one and drop a few of your preventive measures — which, please, don’t do that!!
“If you happen to contract COVID-19 after your first dose [of the vaccine], it’s best to wait till you might have recovered from acute sickness and have cleared isolation guidelines [before getting vaccinated again],” says Abraar Karan, a Harvard Medical College doctor.
As a result of there is a danger of infecting others, you should not break your isolation prematurely to finish your vaccine sequence.
Sonali Advani, an assistant professor medication at Duke College worries specifically about dangers to medical workers and front-line staff — past the standard risks of spreading an infection you’d carry by going anyplace in any respect with a case of COVID-19.
Plus, since you have already got the an infection … there’s actually not such an enormous rush to get the second installment of the vax.
One lucky be aware: For the only a few of us unfortunate sufficient to search out ourselves contaminated between vaccine doses, Advani factors to new Facilities for Illness Management and prevention pointers: In line with CDC, you possibly can delay your second dose as much as 42 days with out sacrificing effectiveness.
Advani suspects that ought to be greater than sufficient time for many to get well from a case of COVID-19, end up wanted isolation intervals and get their second dosage inside the vaccine window.
And to make sure that this does not occur to you, Advani emphasizes following all key COVID-19 preventive pointers rigorously after getting your first dose — distancing, carrying masks and washing arms typically and nicely.
Does it matter if I get the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine in a special arm than the primary?
Our specialists agree: No.
It actually would not matter which arm you get your vaccine in, nor does it matter should you get every dose of the two-part Covid-19 vaccine in separate arms, they are saying. In any case, it is nonetheless going into the identical physique.
Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a contract well being journalist in Minneapolis. She’s written about COVID-19 for a lot of publications together with Medscape, Kaiser Well being Information, Science Information for College students and The Washington Publish. Extra at sheilaeldred.pressfolios.com. On Twitter: @milepostmedia
Pranav Baskar is a contract journalist who often solutions coronavirus FAQs for NPR.