Applying the mask on the face takes some time to get used to. To get the most out of it, you need to avoid these common mistakes. Below are some cases of how you should not wear a mask.
Masks of different colors, styles, and materials appeared on the faces of the people around us and became our daily routine from the beginning of the pandemic. While it is good news that many people are doing their part to slow the spread of coronavirus, the bad news is that many are putting on the wrong masks.
“Putting on a mask takes some time to get used to, no doubt. “Most likely you have put the mask on properly if you feel like you are out of breath,” said Dr. Scott Segal, a chief anesthesiologist at Wake Forest Baptism Health Center.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to move their masks and pull them under the nose or remove it completely from the face leaving it just below the chin.
“You absolutely must not move and pull your mask under your chin while you are out. “If you decide to wear a mask, then wear it properly,” said Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Here’s how you should not wear the mask:
- Under your nose
- Leaving the beard exposed
- Leaving the tip of the nose out
- On your neck
Below are some rules on how you should and should NOT put on the mask:
Once you have found the right position to put on the mask, follow these rules to stay safe:
- Always wash your hands before and after applying the mask.
- Use the straps to attach and pull the mask.
- Do not touch the front of the mask when removing it.
For those who live in apartments, put on, and take off the mask while you are inside your apartment. Elevators and stairs can be areas with high contamination. Wash and dry your mask – from the material – every day and keep in a clean, dry place.
Do not have a false sense of security!
Remember, masks offer limited protection and have full effect only when combined with constant handwashing with soap and water and social distance.