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Are You Wearing Your Masks Properly?

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in the number of people that are taking the necessary precautions. Currently, we’re in a potential second phase of the virus, and if people continue to neglect the new normal, the issues are going to continue. Among the easiest ways to contain the virus is to wear masks and wear masks right. 

While a lot of people are starting to wear masks, a great majority of them don’t seem to wear them correctly. There are tons of videos online showcasing people incorrectly wearing their masks. Whether it’s wearing masks halfway or cutting out holes in the masks, a lot of people are using incorrect techniques.

How to Properly Use a Disposable Mask

When you use disposable face masks, wear them once, and then throw them away. When you take them off, be sure to only touch the loops and avoid touching the fabric. When you’re throwing the masks away, be sure to cut off the loops. These loops can get stuck in the feet of birds and present a massive environmental problem. When you are finished removing the mask and severing the loops, wash your hands thoroughly.

How to Wear Masks Properly

Generally, a mask usually comes with instructions that dictate how to wear it properly and how to dispose the mask when the times come. However, in the absence of instructions, here are all the steps you need to follow to wear a mask properly.

  1. Before wearing the mask, clean hands with either soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  2. Inspect the mask to ensure that there aren’t any tears or holes on both sides of the mask.
  3. Identify which side of the mask represents the top and which is the bottom. On the top, users will see that there’s a bendable edge on the nose that allows users to mold the mask according to the shape.
  4. Secure the loops over your ears and press the nose strip down for a secure fit. Make sure the fabric covers your nose and mouth.
  5. While wearing a mask, do not touch the fabric with your hands.

There are different types of mask, and these are the instructions necessary for each type:

Ear Loops

These are the most common type of face masks that you will find. To wear them, hold the mask by the ear loops and place one around each ear.

Ties

More regularly seen in non-disposable masks, wear them properly by bringing the mask nose level, and secure the ties with a bow.

Bands

These masks typically feature two bands, one that you need to tie at the crown of your head and the other rests at the nape of your neck.

Remember, wear masks in public spaces and always keep them over your mouth and nose. Avoid touching the fabric, but if you must, make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately afterward to prevent the spread of the virus.

Wearing masks properly and following the social distancing guidelines are crucial for navigating through the second phase of the pandemic. It’s the best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones.