You cannot just use everything as a mask. You see a lot of photos going around of people using a tea towel, sock or party hat to put on their mouths. However, this allows way too many virus particles to pass through. So, which ones are suitable?
When purchasing a mask, it is important that you choose a mask that closes well around the nose and mouth. This prevents the virus from sneaking out when you sneeze or cough. In addition, it is important that the facemask is made of decent material. So, you shouldn’t be able to see through it. What looks like a tiny hole to the eye, is a gigantic hole for the virus to spread. Suitable facemasks are the non-medical facemasks without filter and the reusable, washable facemasks. Besides, a washable facemask, which you have to wash at 60 degrees, ensures that you are provided with a clean facemask every day! Also, these cotton facemasks are often available in different colors or prints. An extra plus: they are reusable, which means they contribute to a cleaner environment!