The Importance of Face Masks

By Camille Pierson

Wearing a face mask shouldn’t be controversial or complicated, but thanks to some very dodgy information doing the rounds, people are becoming conflicted and confused about them.  Even the people who are nice, considerate people and are wearing a face mask/can wear a face mask to help keep everyone around them as safe from COVID 19 as possible may not be doing this as effectively as they would like to.  It’s particularly important, especially with all these new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus about, that people wear face masks for their own protection as well as just being decent to others.

Why Wear a Face Mask at All?

Obviously, it’s now the law to wear face masks in indoor spaces and some shops won’t let you in without one, but there are far better reasons than that to wear one.  The main reason is because, when you breath out, you inevitably breath out tiny water droplets (it’s these that cause that ‘smoke’ when you breath out in cold weather) and these can contain viruses that could infect others.  Have a look at how far that little cloud you create when you breath out in the cold reaches and imagine that is how far you could be accidentally spraying COVID 19 every time you breath out.  Wearing a face mask means those water drops are contained within the face mask so it makes it much less likely that you’re spreading the virus.  Unfortunately, this is only a highly effective strategy for limiting the spread of the virus if everyone does it.

Which Types of Face Masks are Best?

Fortunately, absolutely any type of face covering is better than nothing and can reduce your chance of spreading the virus.  Some, however, are more effective than others and some can actually help to protect you from catching the virus.  Face coverings like plastic visors, single layer fabric coverings and scarfs don’t offer a great deal of protection for anyone but are better than nothing.  Medical grade face masks are best reserved for medical staff, carers and any front line workers who are particularly at risk but well-fitting tightly-woven fabric face masks with multiple layers or sewn in filters or non-medical grade disposable masks offer some level of protection if worn correctly.

Wear it Well

The best type of face mask in the world won’t be as effective if you don’t wear it properly.  We’ve all seen people who wear a face mask that doesn’t cover their nose.  That’s an obvious incorrect way of wearing it, but others might not be aware that having a face mask that doesn’t fit snugly to the face is limiting its effectiveness too.  If you don’t adjust your face mask to fit properly around the nose and at the sides, you’re only offering limited protection to others and very little to yourself.  A well-fitting face mask should fit snugly to your face the whole way around.  Most decent face masks have adjustable length ear bands.  People are also advised to wash or sanitise their hands before putting their face mask on and after taking it off.

Our Preferred Type of Face Mask for Effectiveness and Waste Reduction

Aviro Face Mask

When The Float Spa first reopened after the first lockdown, we were providing single use face masks for our guests but the wastefulness of this irked us and we couldn’t help but think of how many face masks we were sending to landfill sites.  Therefore, we spent a considerable amount of time researching reusable options to keep our guests safe while reducing waste.  What we discovered was a face mask called the Aviro Face Mask which uses technology from Switzerland to neutralise viruses on contact to keep both other people and the wearer safe.  The fabric they use is highly effective against microbes and germs even after it has been washed.  In addition, they have been designed to fit snugly around your face for maximum effectiveness and comfort and come in different sizes.  We really like these and feel so much better that we don’t have to throw them away after a single short use.

Whichever type of face mask you choose to wear, remember to adjust it properly so it fits as well as possible and always maintain other precautionary measures such as social distancing, avoiding touching your face and hand washing/sanitising.  If you’d like to know more about the Aviro face masks, please feel free to get in touch on 01273 933 680 or email

About the Author:

Camille Pierson
Camille is the managing director of the Float Spa and a Trustee of the Brighton Yoga Foundation. She’s immensely proud of the community she’s built at the float spa and takes real pleasure from seeing yoga & floating transform people’s lives. She’s also a mother of two.

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