Expert Opposes the Use of Scuba Masks; Thin Single Layer Less Effective

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Clinical practitioner and COVID-19 pandemic volunteer Dr. Muhammad Fajri Adda’i on Friday said that the use of scuba masks may be less effective to protect against the coronavirus as this type of mask only consist of a single layer. 

    “Scuba masks are too thin and only consist of one layer which is not effective because it is made out of elastic neoprene. Its pores can enlarge,” said Adda’i on September 18. “What we need is the mask’s filtration ability.”

    Previously reported, the spokesperson of the COVID-19 handling task force, Professor Wiku Adisasmito, said face masks that are made from a single layer or are too thin may not be effective to filter viruses from being inhaled by its users. 

    Referring to more effective materials that can act as effective filters, Adda’i recommended four-layer silk masks followed by chiffon, which is made out of 90 percent polyester and 10 percent spandex, then there are also flannels made out of 65 percent cotton and 35 percent polyester. 

    The doctor’s recommendation comes in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendation upon the use of a three-layered face mask, with each layer acting as a filtration tool, absorbent, and an outer polyester layer. 

    For those who have already bought a scuba mask, he recommends people to just add layers to the outside of the scuba with materials that are more effective in filtering germs and viruses. 

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