As COVID-19 is still at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it’s imperative to stay safe while navigating our daily lives. One of the best ways to aid this navigation is through implementing regular uses of face masks. In fact, a recent study from Cambridge and Greenwhich just discovered that “when face masks are used by the public all the time (not just from when symptoms first appear), the effective reproduction number, Re, can be decreased below 1, leading to the mitigation of epidemic spread.”
With this new information, it is upon all of us to take precaution and be careful not to spread COVID-19. The following is a simple guide for how to utilize a face mask in an effective preventative way. Whether you are a caretaker in Brooklyn, a home health aide in Boynton Beach, or any health care agency across the globe, the following will reveal some guidelines for wearing a cloth mask.
Ensure the Mask is Covered and Secure
The purpose of wearing a mask is to ensure that no droplets can bypass your barrier, whether coming from you or from someone else. Thus it’s imperative that the mask is firmly secured against your face. There should be no space on either corner of your mouth, or at the bridge of your nose. When adjusting, make certain that the mask is firmly over both your nose and mouth!
Once Secured, Avoid Touching the Mask
Once your mask is affixed to your face, it’s important to avoid touching it. It’s understood that this is a difficult thing to ask. According to a 2015 study conducted by the American Journal of Infection Control, the human being subconsciously touches their face 23 times per hour. It should be noted that this data was conducted without humans wearing an, at times, uncomfortable face covering.
Thus, the best thing you can do is be aware and avoid any unconscious touching. Once the mask is secured, try not to touch it until you take it off when you return home!
Keep Masks Clean
A great way to ensure the efficiency of your cloth face covering is to keep it clean. Wash your hands before and after handling your mask. If you have worn a mask already, do not rewear it without washing it. The goal is to always be placing a clean barrier over your face. If you’ve just worn it to another area, you not only risk the possibility of infecting yourself, you could be putting others at risk!
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