One of our dental clients joked that wearing a visor with no mask is like locking your windows to deter thieves but leaving the front door wide open. We get their point and thankfully most close-contact professionals are following the Government’s new rules and wearing both. But there are still some people out there who don’t realise the danger they’re exposing themselves and their clients to.
What’s the difference between masks and visors
It’s important to know that visors and masks do different jobs, they’re not substitutes for each other. Your body has 3 mucous membranes (wet areas on your face) that need to be protected from Covid, they are your mouth, nose and eyes. Wearing a visor will protect your eyes and remind you to stop touching your face but you should pair it with an FFP2 mask to effectively cover your mouth and nose as well.
The Government’s regulations (as of 21st September) say you should wear a Type II mask with your visor. Type II masks will stop you passing on Coronavirus but they won’t protect you against catching it in the first place. If you want to protect yourself as well as your clients make sure you’re wearing an FFP2/N95 mask. FFP2 masks are tested to a minimum filtration level of 94% and can remain effective for up to 8 hours.
How you can help to prevent a second lockdown
With infection rates creeping up and the cold weather slowly drawing in, everyone is bracing themselves for a second wave. Don’t get complacent, make sure you continue to wear effective PPE and keep up those temperature checks when you see your clients. If we all do our part we can stop the virus spreading again and avoid a second lockdown. Stay safe out there, protect yourself and protect your business.