Australia People are cutting their socks to use as face masks. Here's why that's probably not a good idea

11:15  14 august  2020
11:15  14 august  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Wearing face masks in public places can help stop the spread of coronavirus, and some people have taken to making their own using a sock.

But will this DIY face mask trend on TikTok actually work to protect you?

Here's your shortcut guide.

Are people really using their own socks?

Yep, they really are.

People around the world have posted videos on social media of themselves cutting their socks up to use as cheap face masks.

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Most people don’t use face masks correctly, a Johns Hopkins public health expert told People who are not in the medical field who wear the masks often come in contact with germs when they lift the mask up to eat or slip their fingers When removing the face mask , WHO recommends that people “do not touch the front but remove the Why some people are still waiting — and what to do about it.

You can read that coverage here . The below article was written before this recommendation was However, even regular face masks are in short supply, prompting the CDC to recommend the use For people opting to use scarves and homemade masks , Yang recommended washing them after

It's been done by cutting and unfolding the (hopefully clean) sock into a rectangle and adding slits to use as ear loops.

Some crafty people also added layers of paper towel or a clean, dry dishcloth to act as an added filter.

How did it it start as a TikTok trend?

The sock mask trend really started to take off when Belgian TikTok user Safia Aggoune posted this video to her social media platforms:

It racked up more than 270,000 views on her TikTok account and another 30,000 views on Instagram.

Aggoune wrote in her post that the sock mask "feels pleasant behind the ears", and that the length of the sock is key to giving the best coverage.

Stacks of people have since posted their own takes on the crafty hack.

What are the experts saying?

ABC Health journalist Dr Norman Swan says socks really aren't a great replacement for a surgical or three-layer cloth mask.

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"You would have to work out what the socks are made from, and it's unlikely that a single layer of cotton or even wool is going to be hugely efficient at stopping the virus," .

"Socks are made for your feet to breathe, and I don't think that socks are going to be great material.

"But if that's the only thing you can use, it is better than nothing."

Sock mask or otherwise, it's crucial to maintain hand hygiene and social distancing to best protect yourself from coronavirus.

Can I get away with wearing one?

In Victoria where face masks are currently mandatory, sock masks are technically allowed — but something with more protection is recommended.

A Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said "while the Chief Health Officer recommends a mask with three layers, any face mask or covering is better than none."

When masks first became mandatory in parts of Victoria, Premier Daniel Andrews said people just needed to use something to cover up when leaving their homes.

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"It need not be a hospital-grade mask, it need not be one of the handmade masks," he said at the time.

"Any face covering is better than no face covering."

Despite being better than nothing, sock masks are missing some of the fundamentals of an effective face covering, like filters and water-resistant layers found in most good cloth masks.

Go deeper: we've taken a look at what types of masks are the most and least effective.

So what should I use as a mask instead?

A surgical or cloth mask is recommended.

In Victoria, the DHHS recommends "any paper or textile covering designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to protect the wearer".

The guidelines say:

"Surgical masks are made with a non-woven melt-blown polypropylene layer and available in various levels of protection. These are single-use masks only so can’t be washed and used again.

"Cloth masks are any nose and mouth covering made of washable fabric. We recommend a cloth mask made of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics to ensure adequate protection.

"A scarf or bandana can be used as a face covering if you do not have access to a mask."

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Why Do They Wear The Masks ? A recent trend in some Asian cultures is the use of masks for fashion or for utility. People wearing masks are unable to talk loud on their cell phones. The real cultural tip that you could be delivering here is that bodily fluids are considered an unclean, unpure thing.

Plastic face shields also meet the Victorian DHHS's guidelines, but these offer more protection to the eyes than the nose and mouth.

Are other materials suitable for a low-cost mask?

Last week, a study conducted by Duke University was published in the journal Science Advances, and looked at 14 different types of facial coverings including surgical masks, various cotton varieties, fitted and unfitted N95 masks and something called a neck fleece.

Scientists found neck fleeces (usually worn to shield the face from the wind), bandanas and scarves were virtually useless at containing the spread of the virus.

Neck fleeces were found to allow more droplets through than no covering at all because the fabric would disperse large droplets into several smaller ones.

Again, Victoria's current advice is that anything, including bandanas and scarves if that's all you have, is better than nothing — but if you can get a proper mask, you should.

Go deeper: want to make your own mask? Here's how.

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