To prevent the spread of COVID-19 wearing cloth face coverings has been made mandatory by most authorities.
If you’re using a homemade mask then they should cover the nose and mouth and be worn whenever you go out of your house, like going to the supermarket or pharmacy. You can easily create a mask with materials you’d have at home.
While surgical masks and N95 respirators should be reserved for medical staff, a simple cloth covering is enough to prevent asymptomatic people from spreading the disease in situations where social distance is hard to maintain.
According to doctors, the masks are not to prevent you from getting the virus, rather they prevent other people from getting the virus from you. If everybody follows the guidelines carefully, then we’ll all benefit from the collective.
But securing a mask is just the first step: For them to be effective, they have to be worn properly. The correct way to use a cloth face covering during the COVID-19 pandemic are as follows:
It should be the right fit
Face coverings must fit snugly while still being comfortable. They should cover the whole nose and mouth, and extend underneath your chin. Make sure you’re able to breathe normally, with the sides of the mask still fitting close to your face.
In truth, wearing a mask can be a little bit uncomfortable. People who wear glasses may struggle with masks steaming up the lenses, and it can make breathing somewhat stuffy and annoying.
If you feel uncomfortable or restricted wearing a scarf over your face, you may want to switch to making a mask.
Make the mask as comfortable as possible. If you choose not to wear a mask because it’s uncomfortable, you’re actively harming the people around you.
Put it on carefully
Whether you use a homemade mask, scarf, or surgical mask, one of the most important things to remember before wearing or after taking off a mask is to practice the right hand hygiene, either using hand sanitizer or by washing your hands with soap and water.
According to suggestions by the World Health Organization, people must first clean their hands before putting a mask on and then make sure that there are no holes or tears in the fabric.
When putting on your face mask, use the ties to place it firmly on your face and snugly cover your face and mouth, making that it’s easy for you to breathe. If your mask has a bridge for the nose, hold it in place, before looping the ear bands over your ears.
● A scarf or cloth covering should be applied with the same care.
● Do not touch the outside of the mask or cloth as it could be contaminated.
● While wearing the mask, don’t touch it.
● During your outing, don’t take off, adjust or move your mask.
Always remember that the outside of the mask is considered to be contaminated.
According to a recent study, the covid-19 virus could survive on a face mask for up to seven days.
That means, if you must take off your mask to take a break, or an itch, it’s important to maintain good hand hygiene after touching the mask.
Take the mask off carefully
The key to taking off a mask is to avoid accidentally contaminating your hands or touching your face. Take extra care not to touch the front of your mask and your eyes, nose and mouth while removing your face covering, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling your mask.
Wash your mask often
As of now, there are no strict guidelines about washing and sanitizing cloth face coverings and masks. Machine-washing your mask will disinfect your cloth face covering.
Wash the mask regularly, or each time after wearing it. You can re-wear a cloth mask as long as it’s not soiled.
Any clothing or accessories that you wear can be vulnerable to contamination, but as of now experts don’t believe that the mechanism of transmission is extreme enough for you to be washing or changing your clothes more than once a day.
Keep social distancing
Wearing a mask is just a step in addition to the others you can take to stop the spread of COVID-19, but it cannot replace the other important prevention measures, such as washing your hands and social distancing.
Like the other measures, it’s important to follow all the guidelines. Anything that reduces transmission at this moment is an act of national service.