A mandatory accessory to own during the Coronavirus quarantine is a face mask. So you slip yours on and head out to the chemist or grocery store to see everyone else wearing one too. But did you know that everyone, including yourself, could be wearing their mask wrong the whole time? That would make the very purpose of it redundant and increase your risk to catching infections. You can avoid that from happening by being aware of these common face mask mistakes.
Common Face Mask Mistakes To Avoid When Wearing
Before you slip on your face mask, ensure you do so without making these mistakes.
1. Only Covering Your Mouth
It isn't only your mouth that needs protection. Infection can spread through the nasal passage too so ensure that your mask covers both, the nose and mouth.
2. Contact With Your Body
It's important that once you wear the mask, it doesn't come in contact with any other body parts as that is the best way to prevent cross-contamination.
3. Mask Is Too Loose
A loose mask will serve no purpose as it will create open passages from where the infection can enter. Ensure yours is tight and comfortably fitted without open pockets.
4. Only Covering The Nose Tip
When we speak about your mask covering the nose, we're referring to the entire nose bridge, not only the nose tip for complete protection.
5. Not Washing Your Mask
Wearing the same unwashed mask every day is unhygienic as one will be traveling with the same germs. Make it a habit to wash your mask every time you are back home.