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As we continue living through the COVID-19 pandemic we need to maintain the safety measures set in place to keep everyone safe. Together we will get through this but we need to stay aware of our actions and how they can affect others. With new variants of COVID-19 it is increasingly important to protect ourselves and others, we all share in this responsibility. There are currently two predominate variants, one first identified in the UK and one first identified in South Africa. These come into concern as they are both found to be more easily transmissible and more infectious. Check reliable sources for the most up-to-date information on protocols and lockdown measures.

“So we really need to go and focus now and attack it and make sure that we’re doing everything we can do to reduce transmission. And we know the things that work.”
– Dr Soumya Swaminathan

What should we be doing to stop the risk of spreading COVID-19?
Wearing a face mask is one of the best preventative measures for COVID-19. Along with masks, we should continue to maintain a minimum of two metre physical distance from others, limit travel where possible, stay home if you’re not feeling well, and wash or sanitize hands regularly. Covid-19, like many viruses is spread from respiratory droplets. These droplets can come from talking, laughing, coughing, and sneezing, from both the mouth and nose. Wearing a mask goes beyond keeping you safe, it also protects those around you. Find a mask that suits you and your environment.

Which Mask is Right for You?
There are several different options for face masks, here are three that you may see:

N95 Respirator Masks
These masks can filter out an estimated 95% of airborne particles. N95 Masks should be saved for front line workers and discarded after each use.

Surgical (Disposable) Masks
These are effective in protecting others around you if you are a carrier of a virus. Make sure your mask fits well around your nose and there are no major gaps to the sides of the mouth. A surgical mask should be replaced as soon as it is damp or dirty and discarded after each use.

Cloth Masks
The more layers and the tighter woven the fabric is, the better it will protect you and those around you. Cloth masks can be washed (after each use) and reused.

“But it only makes sense that an added layer of protection is a very reasonable thing to consider, especially when we know that over 40 per cent of COVID-19 is being transmitted without
people showing any symptoms. It just makes sense.”
– Disease Specialist Dr. Abdu Sharkawy

COVID Myths vs. Facts
With so much information and content available it can be difficult to discern between what is true and not in the pandemic. Instead of using social media for news, go to government and health organization websites (such as www.canada.ca and www.who.int) for current and trustworthy information.

Myth – Wearing a mask can make you sick from breathing in your own carbon dioxide.

Fact – Carbon dioxide molecules are much smaller than droplets containing COVID-19, meaning the Co2 molecules are not trapped by the breathable material of most masks. There are many occupations which have been wearing masks for years, such as health care workers, who have suffered no long-term effects from mask wearing.

Our Response
Here at Devco we have been working hard to keep all employees and customers safe. While we are working masks and distancing are required as well as frequent cleaning of high touch areas (door handles, light switches, tools, phones etc.) We have developed new products to help protect our customers. Check out the link below for our Safe Zone products or contact us at devco@devcogroup.com for requests.
Safe Zone – https://devcogroup.com/product-category/safezone/

Written by: Hannah Reynn

References:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/about-coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

https://atriumhealth.org/dailydose/2020/08/04/your-guide-to-the-different-types-of-face-masks-and-how-to-care-for-them

https://www.bbc.com/news/53108405

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/media-resources/science-in-5/episode-20—covid-19—variants-vaccines?gclid=CjwKCAiAmrOBBhA0EiwArn3mfFxnocpkQtMSWm0Zi-6-uW5u2cyoJhc4YdgsHWMMZvbBnDTbHkXvGhoCLIsQAvD_BwE

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