HOW TO PROPERLY WEAR A MASK
Knowing how to use a safety item is as important as having access to the item itself. Not applying best safety practices can even lead to irreversible scenarios. In the middle of a pandemic that has hit millions around the world, we must protect ourselves against the air borne acquired virus COVID-19. And face masks are our best ally to accomplish that.
Here is how you properly wear a face mask in 6 simple points:
1) Avoid face coverings where your nose and mouth are not adequately covered. For example, masks with exhalation valves, drinking straw ports, bandanas, gaiters, or clear shield face covers alone do not provide adequate protection.
2) A properly fitting mask should cover your mouth, nose, and chin. You should be able to breathe and speak comfortably through the mask.
- Check for any air gaps around the edges of the mask, such as the sides and the top or bottom.
- A proper fit will allow the mask to move in and out with each breath.
- Consider wearing a mask fitter or mask brace, especially if you have facial hair.
- Wash or sanitize your hands after putting on a mask.
3) Avoid these common mask-wearing mistakes:
- Don't wear the mask too low so only your nose is exposed.
- Don't wear the mask too high so that only your nose is covered.
- Don't wear the mask under your chin, exposing your nose and mouth.
- Don't wear the mask around your neck or dangling from one ear.
- Don't wear two disposable masks at once, even if they are different types (e.g. KN95 and a surgical mask.)
- Don't remove your mask in public enclosed spaces, whether others are present or not, unless dining or in appropriate social distancing areas.
- Don't place a mask on children under two years of age.
4) While wearing a mask, do not touch your face. This includes not touching the faces of children. (You may have children in your care who are wearing a mask.)
5) Don't share your mask with someone else, even if it is freshly laundered.
6) Dispose of used, disposable masks properly, treat them as biohazardous waste and wash your hands after removal.