Face mask mandates may be easing across the world, but it doesn't mean that you shouldn't wear them just because they are no longer mandatory. Having a breathable face mask on hand is important, especially on planes and public transport. Planning an overseas trip sometime soon? Here are a few habits you’d want to practice, along with choosing the most comfortable and effective face mask for your needs.
When to wear a face mask
Pandemic strategies vary in different parts of the world and airlines, so before you fly, always check with your airline on what their face mask policies are. Individuals who are immunocompromised or those most vulnerable to severe outcomes from COVID-19 like young children and the elderly, are encouraged to stay masked, especially in crowded indoor spaces.
Wherever you go, pay attention to how many passengers there are, how crowded the space is, ventilation systems, and circulation of air. Understanding these factors can guide your personal decisions on what risks you can or cannot take. Know that travellers always have the option to wear a face mask even if it’s not required. Face mask-wearing has also long been an accepted courtesy in many parts of the world.
How to wear and store your face mask
Before putting your face mask on, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer to prevent germs from coming in contact with your face mask and your face. Make sure that your face mask covers both your mouth and nose, and fits snugly to your face. Minimising the gaps between your face mask and your face will help reduce exposure to airborne viruses.
When you have to take your face mask off, be sure to place the mask in a paper or plastic bag in between use. Avoid putting your face mask in your pocket or hanging it anywhere else to avoid contamination.
Finding the best face mask for you: reusable or disposable face masks?
There’s no doubt that face masks, in general, can help slow the spread of COVID-19. At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, disposable masks such as surgical masks were encouraged at the peak of the pandemic because of the medical-grade protection it provided. Surgical masks are usually recommended for those who work in high-risk environments such as healthcare as well.
For those who prefer a more sustainable option that doesn’t compromise on protection, reusable face masks that use high-performance filtration media is a recommended alternative for people who work in settings that do not require medical or industrial grade personal protective equipment (PPE). They are better for the environment, come in a variety of styles, and offer higher levels of protection than a common fabric mask.
The AIR+ Voyager Mask is an advanced reusable face mask with industrial-grade filtration media, filtering more than 95% of aerosolized particles. It has been treated with a self-sanitising technology that has tested effective against more than 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, ensuring a clean and hygienic experience in between each wash. On top of that, its anti-odour technology neutralises the build-up of nasty odours for all-day freshness, even during extended wear. Designed with a 3D fit, ultra-plush nose cushion and adjustable ear loops, AIR+ Voyager delivers a snug fit for different facial profiles. Also available in 4 colours to fit different styles and personalities, the AIR+ Voyager is an ideal option for urban travellers who are looking for advanced protection with breathable comfort on-the-go.
If you’re looking for a new reusable mask to keep yourself and your loved ones protected while enjoying your next trip abroad, look no further than AIR+ Voyager for a convenient and effective option.