prof. Dr. Ahmet Özbek made important evaluations about how the mask, which entered our lives with the pandemic, should be used in the coming period.
“ALSO PROTECTS FROM OTHER UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS”
“Although the masks do not completely prevent the virus from entering our mouth through our nose, it reduces its entry in very serious amounts,” Özbek said:
“These masks we used during the pandemic also protected us from other seasonally-spreading upper respiratory tract infections, from breathing the waste particles that hang in the air we live in during the winter months and reduce the quality of the air we breathe.”
Pointing out that the mask also protects against air pollution and pollen that mixes with the air especially in spring and summer with the revival of nature and carries the masculine nucleic acids of plants, Özbek said, “The use of masks in people with allergies is beneficial in reducing contact with pollen and dust, or at least in reducing their complaints. provides,” he said.
“RESPIRATORY MASKS PROTECT BOTH SIDES”
Noting that it would be correct to divide the masks that entered our lives with the pandemic into two groups as ‘surgical masks’ and ‘respiratory masks’ in general, Özbek said, “Surgical masks are frequently used in medical interventions. The main purpose of these masks is to protect the patient from infectious agents that can be transmitted from healthcare workers. Respirators wrap and cover the face better than surgical masks. It provides a two-sided protection by filtering the outgoing air as well as filtering the air inlet.
AFTER PANDEMIC USAGE AREAS
prof. Dr. Ahmet Özbek also gave the following information on how to use the mask in the upcoming period:
“I find it useful to evaluate the event from a sociological perspective. Today, the cities where people live are increasing in density. In other words, the number of people per unit area is increasing. In other words, the spread of infectious diseases, especially targeting the respiratory system, becomes easier. The degrading effect of motor vehicles brought by crowded life, the negative effects of fossil fuels used for heating in the winter months, and the negative effects of fossil fuels on the air indicate that we should use masks from time to time, although not constantly.
Listing the places where we should use the mask after the pandemic, Özbek said, “It can be used when there are crowds of people, shopping malls, public transportation vehicles, meeting rooms, places with low air quality, dusty and smoky places, places where pollen is concentrated, and when we have to talk at a close distance.”
RESPIRATORY MASK DURING THE PANDEMIC
Saying that it would be more beneficial to wear a respiratory mask rather than a surgical type mask, Özbek said, “However, after the Kovid-19 pandemic, surgical type masks will also provide adequate protection. We can also get the agents of community-acquired infections by touching contaminated surfaces with our hands and then putting our hands in our mouth and eyes. Here is a result: The mask becomes a barrier when we bring our hands to our mouths. We also need to protect our eyes from this contact. Let’s remember that during the epidemic, health workers used glasses and visors as well as masks.
Reminding that people in developed societies always tried to maintain social distance even before the pandemic, Özbek said, “To accept this as a social rule in our country would be very correct in terms of both protection from infections and exercising personal rights.”