At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, it is extremely inadvisable to go out in public without wearing a mask.
Why? Wearing a protective face covering has been found time and again to be one of the most effective methods of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
However, there is a decent chance you aren’t maximizing the effectiveness of your face mask. Are you wearing it correctly? Here are five mistakes to avoid when wearing face mask:
1. Your face mask only covers your mouth
Your mask needs to cover your nose and your face. If you are wearing your mask low so it only covers your mouth you’re at risk of becoming ill or making someone else ill.
2. Your mask makes contact with other body parts or objects
Your mask has to remain on your face and not be touched in order to prevent cross-contamination.
3. Your mask is loose
Masks should fit as tightly to your face as possible. This is to create a proper barrier to prevent unknowingly spreading the virus or picking up the virus.
4. The mask only covers the tip of your nose
Your mask needs to cover the entire nose from the bridge of your nose, not just the tip.
5. Not washing cloth masks
You have to wash your cloth mask after every use. Otherwise, any germs you may have picked up will remain on the mask. Wearing a mask is one way to protect yourself from the virus, but only if it’s worn correctly.
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