Video: Face Masks, Part 1

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Video: Face Mask Basics

Throughout history, infectious diseases have been part and parcel of the human experience.  In modern times, it seems that a viral epidemic pops up every year, with names we’ve never heard before: Ebola, Chikungunya, Zika, Dengue, and now, Coronavirus. In each of these outbreaks of communicable disease, face masks have played a role in decreasing the number of cases and, certainly, deaths.

In this video, Joe Alton MD discusses the history of infectious disease (did you know a founding father was the discoverer of one?) and the evolution of the practice of wearing masks. He’ll talk about the basics of different kinds of masks commonly used for disaster medical preparedness. Part one of a series.

(Note: Not all protocols are uniform worldwide. We’ll demonstrate some reasonable donning and doffing of masks in an upcoming video)

To watch, click below:

For part 2 of this video series, click below:

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

The Altons

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