This pandemic is not going to end any sooner. The Coronavirus pandemic is more than a health crisis. It is going to impact our lives for much longer than we are expecting.
Our society is an incredibly efficient hub of economic activity. It has been always offering unique mechanisms for supercharging innovation. But amidst this pandemic, human density has been proven to be the biggest liability.
The CDC regularly updates us regarding coronavirus recommending new information to go with about COVID-19. On Thursday, the National Health Organization made some major changes to its do’s and dont’s on how to select, wear, and clean your mask.
There are some basic rules we need to get habituated to. In the aftermath of the pandemic, it is inevitable, we need to accept it. Let’s get to the point and burst out the myths regarding wearing of masks.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WEAR MASK?
Basically, you need to mask up whenever you are in public. Also anyone whom you don’t live with inside the same house, the rules follow.
“CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.”
Masks are very important to control the spread of COVID-19.
WHAT KIND OF MASK IS PREFERABLE AND HOW TO WEAR IT?
The CDC Instructed that , masks with two or more layers are most effective when it comes to stopping the spread of coronavirus.
However, not just the type but how you wear your mask is also important. “Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin,” they instruct” CDC explains.
Also make sure your mask fits you and doesn’t have gaps in it.
These rules sounds really heavy, maybe difficult to get into a habit. But we should know that it is so important right now to fight it together.
WHAT KIND OF MASKS TO AVOID WEARING?
The CDC suggested to avoid wearing masks that are made from materials that might make it difficult to breath, such as vinyl.
They also busted the myth that you need to wear any masks meant for medical professionals, such as N95s.
NO, you don’t need to. Wear the one affordable near to you but make sure it has more than 2 layers.
Additionally, they warn against masks with valves, as the vents will allow virus particles to escape.
Remember, you wear a mask to protect others first , then yourself. You are not wearing a mask just to protect yourself. We need to stop the spread.
FOR PEOPLE WEARING GLASSES:
People who wear glasses, know it is so difficult to manage a mask as the fog from your covered nose just blurs out your vision.
If you wear glasses, the CDC recommends finding a mask that fits snuggly over your nose or a mask with a nose wire to avoid fogging.
MASKS ONLY FOR 2 YEARS AND ABOVE :
The CDC explained why masks should be work only by children who are 2 years or above it.
They should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance, they point out.
If you still want to, then it is suggested to finding a mask made especially for children. If there is no such possibility then make sure it fits snugly over the nose, mouth, and under the chin.
HOW YOU WEAR A MASK IS REALLY IMPORTANT
The CDC asked us to wear a mask “correctly and consistently” for the best protection. “Be sure to wash your hands before putting on a mask,” they warn. “Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it.”
We clearly need to understand and strictly follow the dos and don’ts otherwise our efforts are all in vain.
DO NOT wear your mask around your neck, on your forehead, under your nose
DO Wear your mask only on your nose, on your chin, dangling from one ear, or on your arm, the CDC states.
HOW TO REMOVE YOUR MASK TO AVOID CROSS CONTAMINATION
The CDC gave a step by step instruction to remove your mask. Let’s follow it:
First, you need to carefully untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
Second, you are suppose to handle the mask only by the ear loops.
Third, fold outside corners together.
Lastly, be careful not to touch your nose, eyes, and mouth when removing. Also make sure to wash your hands immediately after removing your mask. Don’t forget to dispose you mask correctly
HOW TO WASH YOUR REUSABLE MASKS?
Marking the importance of mask hygiene, the CDC stated for us to make sure to wash our masks regularly.
To clean it, simply throw your mask in with your regular laundry. “Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask,” CDC suggest.
“Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.”
The numbers are very scary. It’s high time we need to know that wearing a mask properly and self hygiene is the new normal.
Knowledge dissemination is very crucial during this time. Not only self protection but also we need to communicate to ease many people around the world who are gripped by fear.
But remember, communication only 6 ft apart and being distant from people physically. We need to be serious about the impact this pandemic has over the society. As an individual we can contribute our best by following what’s instructed to us.
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