Many people use masks of various types, even before the emergence of infectious viruses, including the Corona virus, which spread all over the world with its mutations and restrictions, which made it a necessity for everyone around the world.
With the use of cloth and medical masks, several errors and habits appeared that reduced their efficiency, and international and local medical authorities were keen to repeatedly warn of the need to use them correctly.
Here we review some mistakes in the use of masks and how to avoid them.
1- Not washing your hands when using it: The mask must be helped to perform its function by washing your hands or using an alcohol sanitizer, before wearing it, and when adjusting it to your face, and holding it by the straps when taking it off, and not touching the forehead or the face, then clean your hands again.
2- Not washing it while it is new: the mask may be completely new, but it touched many things before you got it, especially if it was handmade, so wash it with hot water with detergent, rinse it well and dry it, or soak it for 5 minutes in a quart of water with two tablespoons of bleach .
3- Not storing it correctly: It is easy to throw the muzzle on the dashboard or seat in the car, but your muzzle needs a clean place to save, if it is not wet or dirty, put it in a dry paper or mesh bag so that it does not rot, and when eating outside, put it In a clean pocket and not on the table.
4- Wearing them dirty: The masks are a magnet for bacteria and viruses, and they may cause infection if you wear them on your face for a long time, so after each wear, wash them with hot water and dry them at a high temperature or under the sun.
5- Keep it despite its obsolescence: you keep the muzzle if it bears the letters of your name or the picture of your pet, but if it gets wet with tears, has holes or is very dirty, you have to get rid of it and to last with you for a longer period, do not let it get wet with saliva or sweat, and the cloth may be damaged If not washed as soon as possible.
6- Keep the medical mask: The medical mask is made for one use, and it must cover your nose and mouth, with no holes, and the white face should be inward, and be sure to dispose of it safely, and if you take it out to eat, replace it with another after the end of eating.
7- Not using an additional filter: Adding a filter to your mask will protect you better, and there are many masks that contain it, if your mask does not contain that filter, use one that contains more than one layer of fabric or wear two masks, if there is a need.
8- Take off the mask when speaking: We must admit that it seems strange to talk with the mask on, so it is a natural reaction to touch or pull the mask to make sure that your voice is heard, but with wearing your mask loosely, you can breathe freely, move your mouth and talk.
9- Your muzzle under your nose: The benefit of the muzzle is to make sure that mucus and saliva do not come out of your nose and mouth for someone else, and protect you from what comes out of others, and if you put it under your nose to avoid the presence of fog on your glasses, put the muzzle over the glasses, or cut a small slit in the upper bar for the muzzle.
10- Your mask over your chin: Your mask should fit comfortably with your face and chin.
11- Take care of your face: keep your face free of rashes, wash your face with a cleanser and moisturizer, to add another layer of protection, and if your skin is oily, consult a dermatologist, and take a break every 4 hours for 15 minutes