3 PLY | Protection Mask can help reduce the spread of the virus and are more practical for the general public to use. They are meant to help block large-particle droplets and splatter from reaching the wearer's mouth and nose and reduce exposure of the wearer's saliva and respiratory secretions to others.
"SINGAPORE - A top infectious disease expert and the Ministry of Health (MOH) have said that the public should not rely on N95 masks to guard against the Wuhan virus (CORONA VIRUS), even as they fly off the shelves at pharmacies.
Instead, surgical masks are more appropriate in this case, the expert and MOH said on Wednesday (Jan 22)."
Good quality surgical masks that most people are familiar with have three layers: two outer layers (one white and one coloured), and a middle layer which acts as the filter. There is only one way to wear them: with the coloured side facing outwards.
The white side is actually an absorbent material, said the Health Sciences Authority. Breathing in a mask can often be humid and uncomfortable, and this absorbent white layer is meant to help with that. Both the middle and coloured outer layers are water-repellent, to prevent any bodily fluids (for example, sweat, blood or mucus) from being absorbed into the mask.
Wearing the mask the wrong way around can reduce its effectiveness and increase discomfort.