Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), as we all know, is a newly discovered virus- which is a very infectious and deadly disease if not taken seriously. It can be transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales.
Because of this, different nations are looking for various solutions and strategies to combat this virus. Many favor the wearing of face masks, especially in public places. This simple action may reduce the spread of the virus.
Wearing a face mask has become part of our daily lives. But do you understand how face masks works? Here are 9 things you need to know about wearing face masks:
1. Proper Way of Wearing Face Masks
You may not know but there is a proper way of wearing a face mask.
- First, you have to make sure your hands are clean before wearing them as well as when you take them off.
- Your mouth, nose, and chin should be covered.
- As much as possible, don’t touch the mask while using it.
- When taking off a mask, it should be disposed of in a trash bin. You can also store it in a clean plastic bag if not frequently used. If you’re wearing a cloth mask, you have to wash it every day.
2. Different Types of Face Masks
You may want to know the different types of face masks and which face mask is effective. These masks include cone-style mask, surgical mask, N95, and other respirators, bandanas, neck gaiter and balaclavas, cloth mask with filter, store-bought cloth mask, t-shirt mask, and home-made cloth mask.
These face masks vary in effectiveness. Regardless, you still have to wear a face mask when you go to public places like the market, mall, etc.
3. Avoid Using Masks With Exhalation Valves or Vents
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discourage people from wearing masks with exhalation valves or vents. It’s not effective, and may not prevent coronavirus from spreading or acquiring it. If you have the virus, your respiratory droplets will escape from the hole in the material.
4. Wearing Face Mask Is Different From Social Distancing
Just because you follow social distancing (6 feet apart) doesn’t mean you don’t need to wear a face mask. You still need to wear a face mask in addition to social distancing as mandated by the CDC. With these two precautionary measures, you can certainly reduce the chances of getting the virus.
5. You Can Protect People around You
Face masks serve as a barrier and prevent coronavirus or any other illness like cold or flu from spreading. By following this, you can protect people around you as well as yourself. This is why it is important that you wear one, especially when you go to public places.
6. Wear a Mask Even If You Don’t Feel Sick
According to World Health Organization, when someone is infected with the virus, it takes 5 – 6 days for symptoms to show (on average). But usually, it takes up to 14 days. Because of this, the risk of spreading the virus increases, so always wear a mask when going out even if you don’t feel sick.
7. Do Not Pull Down Your Mask Under Your Chin
The risk of acquiring the virus is high when you pull down your mask under your chin. This part of your chin is exposed and the inside of your mask will be contaminated when you pull it down. Under no circumstance should you pull down your mask. It is better to completely remove your mask and throw it in a trash bin if no longer needed.
8. What To do if Your Mask is Fogging Your Eyeglasses
It’s really annoying how every time you breathe out and then your breath fogs your eyeglasses. You need to always carry your eyeglass wiper when wearing face masks. To avoid this from happening, cross the ear loops once and then slide them around your ear. Not completely, but it reduces your eyeglasses from fogging and it makes breathing a lot easier.
9. Mask Are Only Effective If You Wear Them the Right Way
Wearing a mask is futile if not worn properly. Wear a mask close to the bridge of the nose and all the way under your chin. You should also tighten the loops so it’s snug around your face and leave no gaps.
You don’t want to spread the virus or to acquire it. Always remember that our opponent is invisible. Follow the protocols in your place. Wearing face masks is a big step to stop or to prevent the virus from spreading.