On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. Along with this came many other changes in our life and one of them which in fact is the most popular and controversial at the same time, “the face mask“.
Let’s keep in mind that before all of this happened Hospitals and staffs of medical centers were wearing face masks already, not just because of the novel corona virus but, to prevent the spread of other diseases and keep everyone safe.
This post will highlight why wearing a face mask is so important and how to wear a face mask properly in public.
Why wear a face mask?
Wearing a face mask can help prevent and slow the spread of infections and prevent the individual from contracting any airborne infectious germs. When someone coughs, talks, sneezes they could release germs into the air that may infect others nearby. Face masks are part of an infection control strategy to eliminate cross-contamination.
With the facts from above let’s talk about a scenario, how many people go inside a supermarket at the same time you are inside doing you grocery shopping? Exactly, many people at once and that’s why is recommended to wear a face mask when out in public, no one can control what people are doing or where people go but, the reason of wearing a mask is to prevent the spread of the virus, the same principles apply to shopping centers, banks, malls, restaurants, etc…
How should your face mask be worn?
Let’s begin with this,
1 make sure you know which side is the top and the front of the mask, so you can wear the mask in the proper way.
2 If your face mask is one of those with ear loops then, hold the mask by the ear loops and put the loops around each ear.
3 If your face masks has ties then, bring the mask to your nose and place the ties over your head and make sure to secure it with a tie.
4 If your face masks has bands then, hold the mask to your nose and pull the top strap over your head and pull the bottom strap over your head so its at the nape of your neck.
5 Now this is the most important one and is the one most people seems to no understand, pull the mask over your mouth and chin.
In a short notice, when you wear a mask make sure you do it right, it’s the only way you can protect your self and others when we are around each other, stay safe everyone