12 Sep Add N95 Masks to College Care Packages
We’ve all seen the images of college students crowded shoulder-to-shoulder at big parties. You know what’s missing from those images? Face coverings, like N95 masks and particulate respirators.
For most of us, looking at the images of college kids partying as if this was 2019 not 2020 is upsetting. With approximately 200,000 deaths in this country from Covid-19, how can anyone not take this virus seriously?
There are probably lots of good kids, who are wearing their face masks, trying to maintain a safe social distance and working hard to get an education. Unfortunately, their less responsible peers are giving students on college campuses across the country a bad name.
Despite all the bad press – not to mention the months of public health notices urging people to wash their hands frequently, maintain a six-foot distance from others when you go out, to wipe down surfaces with disinfectant wipes and, of course, to wear a face mask, like an N95 particulate respirator – we continue to hear about young people attending crowded parties.
Tips for College Students
It is probably hard for many students to do the right thing when they go off to college. To help, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put together some tips for students. In addition to the basic public health guidelines, their recommendations include:
- Don’t share items with your roommates if you can help it. If you have to share, be sure to clean or disinfect items first.
- Keep your bathroom items in a personal tote or carrying case. The less your toothbrush and other personal care items are in contact with the countertops, the better!
- If your classes are meeting in-person, wipe down your desk with a disinfectant wipe if you can and try to maintain a safe distance from other students.
- Don’t put personal items – like your cell phone – on public surfaces like classroom desks, library shelves or cafeteria tables.
If you have a college-age student, the next time you send a care package, you might want to include some wipes and some face masks – like the highly rated HDX N95, the NIOSH-approved n95 DuraMask or any of our other face masks and N95 particulate respirators.