COVID-19 and Flu Season: What you Need to Know

Flu season happens every year, almost as regularly as winter or spring. We are used to watching our friends, family, classmates and coworkers develop and pass stuffy noses and fatigue around. In previous years, flu season was something we collectively suffered through. However, 2020 is different, as this year’s flu season coincides with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The combination of COVID-19 and the flu have many worrying what the heightened health concerns are, if dangers of each illness individually have been increased, and if it’s possible to catch both diseases at once.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it IS possible to catch the flu and COVID at the same time. Symptoms from both viruses can combine to make each individual illness even more severe. In addition, the 2020 flu season cases are predicted to be especially dangerous to the country as a whole, as severe flu cases will use the already scarce resources currently being used by health care workers to combat and contain COVID-19.

Both the flu and COVID-19 are frequently passed from person to person, often in the form of respiratory droplets, with increased risk indoors and in small, cramped areas with a lot of people and poor ventilation, such as restaurants, places of worship, stores, shopping malls, schools, and in workplaces where social distancing is difficult or impossible.

The world has been working to combat the coronavirus pandemic for many months. As a society, we've adopted positive new healthy habits to keep safe, such as practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing face masks. 

While the flu season may seem non-threatening, the yearly flu can cause fever, fatigue, nausea, headaches, and body aches, which can lead to complications such as sinus infections, ear infections, and pneumonia. Each year the flu is responsible for between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths (CDC).

Meanwhile, COVID-19 has already resulted in more than 235,000 deaths (CDC) in the United States alone. While COVID-19 shares similar symptoms with the flu, it can cause more severe respiratory issues.  According to the CDC, the main difference between the flu and coronavirus is that COVID-19 has a higher rate of transmission as compared to the flu. Experts also say that COVID-19 is a more dangerous threat to society, as many infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, so that they may not be aware they are carriers of the disease.

While the combined dangers of both respiratory illnesses have many concerned, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has pointed out that if we continue to take proper preventive measures to safeguard against COVID-19, we could have an unusually slow flu season -- specifically because measures to fight the spread of coronavirus will simultaneously stop the spread of the flu.

Experts are encouraging wearing face masks as a major way to slow down the spread of COVID-19. But what kind of coronavirus face masks are the best mask for COVID, and to what extent are each type of face coverings effective in preventing the spread of these two illnesses?

Homemade cloth face masks may create a barrier to stop respiratory droplets, but airborne particles are able to pass through to the wearer’s nose and mouth.

N95 masks and similar products protect the wearer with an inner electric static netting that attracts virus particles like a spider’s web, preventing them from being inhaled. While this helps stop viruses from getting through, the virus remains active on the mask, making it unsuitable for reuse if it is not properly disinfected between uses to ensure coronavirus particles do not spread.

Medicevo Graphene Face Mask are the best non-surgical, reusable face masks available to protect against COVID-19. The high-tech mask uses graphene technology to kill coronavirus particles. If masks that aren't able to kill the virus are already proven to work in preventing COVID-19 cases, there could be an even bigger impact on the pandemic and society’s ability to flatten the curve if graphene masks become widely used as the newest and best form of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Medicevo Graphene Masks feature an embedded graphene netting which destroys virus particles, instead of just catching them. The graphene netting is woven into the very cloth of the mask and is made of microscopic sharp edges that catch the virus and “pop” the infectious particles. Instead of an N95 “spider web” approach, Medicevo Graphene Masks are like a thorny rosebush through which coronavirus, in the form of a water balloon, is thrown. As the ‘water balloon’ passes through the rosebush, its thorns cut into the water balloons – spilling out the water and rendering them useless.

With Medicevo Graphene Masks, germ and virus particles burst and are killed. That makes graphene masks non-contagious, meaning the mask is safer to take on and off and is reusable without needing disinfection. The advanced graphene technology provides up to 99% protection from airborne pollutants, making Medicevo the best face masks on the market.

Medicevo’s graphene technology has been scientifically proven to not only kill COVID-19 particles, but also other types of infectious disease like the seasonal flu. That is a combination key for disease control and prevention.

The Medicevo Face Mask also features an organic lining that helps make them the most comfortable face masks on the market. The breathable 3D design uses antibacterial and hypoallergenic materials. The Medicevo Graphene Face Mask fits comfortably with adjustable ear loops and a chain wrap, which creates an airtight seal over the wearer’s nose and mouth. The face mask is reusable for up to 15 days, meaning there's no need to throw a mask away after each use or wash your cloth mask every day. 

Medicevo has also been dedicated to creating rapid and sustainable supplies of personal protective equipment, including surgical masks and respirators, gloves, face shields, protective eyewear, coverall suits, and shoe coverings of specialized materials. Their Graphene Face Masks have just been one of many helpful products keeping front-line workers and health care professionals safe.

Medicevo Graphene Face Masks come in three sizes for children and adults, and retail in packs of 5 disposable face masks for $39.95.

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