How to use a face mask correctly

There have been a number of studies to discover the efficacy of face masks in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. Studies show that wearing a face mask reduces the cross contamination of virus being spread via aerosols and droplets but handling a face mask or wearing a face mask incorrectly can increase the risk of catching coronavirus significantly.

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Follow these simple steps to help you stay safe while using your face mask.

 

Wash your hands

Always wash your hands with soap and warm water or hand sanitiser. Soap dissolves the fatty lipids of the sell membrane stopping the virus from binding to your receptors. Before handling your mask and always handle your mask using the ear loops to avoid touching the outer or inner layers of the cloth. Always wash your hands before removing your masks.

Make sure your face mask covers your nose and mouth

Coronavirus is spread by droplets and aerosols and enters the human body through the mouth, nose and eyes. When wearing your face mask make sure the face mask covers your face and nose, you can use the strip on the top of the mask to shape the mask to fit the bridge of the nose.

Avoid touching your face mask.

It’s easy to do, in fact a study showed that humans subconsciously touch their faces over 25 times an hour but touching the front of your mask when wearing this can increase the chance of coronavirus virions entering the mask. If you do need to adjust your mask make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.

Remove wet/damp face masks

Wet or damp face masks should be removed and replaced with a new face mask as damp or wet face masks loose efficacy.

How to help keep wildlife safe

Cutting the straps off used face masks can help reduce harm to wildlife. As the use of masks grows throughout the world many animals are getting tangled up in the straps. Cutting the ear loops on face masks and dispose in a closed bin or face mask recycling station to help protect animals.