Where is my money going?
Your money is used to pay for utility costs and the income of the newcomers.
Can face masks protect us against the new corona virus?
No. Medical masks or any face mask cannot protect against the new coronavirus when used alone. When you wear them you must combine with hand hygiene and other preventive measures. The WHO recommends the use of the mask only in specific cases. If you have a cough, fever and difficulty breathing you should wear a mask and seek medical consultancy. However, if you are healthy but taking care of a person who might be infected, you should wear a mask whenever you are in the same room with that person. If you choose to wear a mask, handle it properly and clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitizer regularly.
Is this face mask for people who are contaminated with corona virus?
This mask does not replace the FFP2 or FFP3 certified medical masks. This mask is a community response to the current shortage of face masks that institutions such as De Regenboog are in need of. The mask provides an extra barrier for transmitting the virus to others by trapping respiratory droplets (tiny saliva drops that go out of our mouth when we sneeze, cough and sometimes when we talk). However, people infected with the corona virus should be aware of not spreading the virus even more by simply staying at home. It is advised by the WHO that healthy people do not need to use a face mask. Masks alone can give you a false feeling of protection and can even be a source of infection when not used correctly. Masks should be only worn by people who work in healthcare, caretakers and those who are sick, with symptoms like fever and cough.
When Should I use a face mask?
If you are healthy, you should only wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with symptoms of corona. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. Masks are only effective when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use and dispose it properly.
Can I buy the face masks Makers Unite is producing?
No, the face masks are for professional use only. They are being donated to De Regenboog,
who then distributes them to the people who need them the most.