HealthProject Information Sheet

Our mission is simple; provide support to our community.

HealthProject has been founded with the mission to provide support and access to important health products for the community. We hope that you read the factsheet that we have prepared for you below, as it is important to stay informed and to implement correct usage when wearing masks.

Did you know?

Masks have been found to help people with the seasonal flu limit spreading it when they exhale small droplets containing the virus. Researchers found masks led to a more than threefold reduction in how much virus people sprayed into the air. (Milton, et al, 2013)


Another study analysing data from over 10,000 schoolchildren, found that “vaccination and wearing a mask reduced the likelihood of developing seasonal influenza." (Uchida, et al, 2016)

Why wear masks?

Viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 spread from person to person via small respiratory droplets. These are generated when a person with the virus exhales, coughs, or sneezes. You can contract the virus if you breathe in these droplets.

Masks act as a barrier between the wearer and any sprays, splashes, and large-particle droplets from the environment. It can also prevent the spread of potentially infectious respiratory secretions from the wearer to others.

The barrier created when wearing a mask, adds an extra layer of protection when the wearer enters environments that can be potentially contaminated.

Correct Mask Use is Important

HealthProject only supplies FDA & CE certified masks to ensure appropriate protection to the wearer when used correctly. See some important steps below for correct use of your HealthProject medical mask/ N95 Mask.

Putting your mask on
  • Determine which side of the mask is the top. The side of the mask that has a stiff bendable edge is the top and is meant to mould to the shape of your nose
  • Mould or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose.
  • Hold the mask by the ear loops. Place a loop around each ear.
  • Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and ensure that there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
Removing your mask
  • Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.Avoid touching the front of the mask. Only touch the ear loops/ties/band.
  • Hold both of the ear loops and gently lift and remove the mask
  • Throw the mask in the trash. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
Other things to be aware of:
Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based gel or soap.
Replace your mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single use masks.


References:

Milton, D, Fabian, M, Cowling, B, Grantham & McDevitt, J 2013, ‘Influenza virus aerosols in human exhaled breath: particle size, culturability, and effect of surgical masks’, PLoS Pathogens, NCBI database.

Uchida, M, Kaneko, M, Hidaka, Y, Yamamoto, H, Honda, T, Takeuchi, S, Saito, M & Kawa S 2016, ‘Effectiveness of vaccination and wearing masks on seasonal influenze in Matsumoto City, Japan, in the 2014/2015 season: An observational study among all elementary schoolchildren’, Preventative Medicine Reports, pp. 86-91, Elsevier database.