Recent changes that have affected the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic have drastically affected our routines. One specific routine that has been altered is the checklist you go through when leaving the house. Keys, wallet, sunglasses, and now the mask.
The CDC recommends everyone should wear a face mask when out in public in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There are different types of masks available such as N95 masks, cloth masks, DIY masks, surgical masks, and more.
N95 masks are suggested to be donated to essential workers who are most at risk of contracting the virus. Cloth masks are acceptable for civilians to use to prevent prevent spreading the virus by providing layers of cloth as protection. Surgical masks are fluid resistant and protect you from droplets and sprays that should be discarded after use.
With our daily use of masks also comes certain knowledge on how to properly wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Here is a list of do’s and dont’s when wearing a mask.
Wash your hands with soap and water before putting on your mask. You can also use hand sanitizer when you do not have soap and water available.
If you are wearing a surgical mask make sure the color is facing outside, and the white side is facing inside.
Hold the mask by the ear loops and place over your ears. Make sure it completely covers your nose and mouth.
Use your fingers to press down the wire to fit the shape of your nose.
Avoid touching the front of your mask.
Do not wear your mask only covering your mouth or nose. It must cover both.
Do not wear a loose mask as particles can easily be transmitted.
Avoid touching the front of the mask while wearing it and when taking it off.
Do not remove your mask to talk to someone or do other activities that require touching your mask.
Do not leave your used mask within reach of others.
Remember that masks alone cannot protect you from COVID-19. Stay at least 6 feet away from others and wash your hands frequently. There is still so much to learn about this virus and until we learn more, we all have to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.