Should I wear a face mask for coronavirus protection?
Face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because it’s possible to have coronavirus without showing symptoms, it is best to wear a face covering even if you think you are healthy. A mask helps contain small droplets from your mouth and/or nose when you talk, sneeze or cough. If you have COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms, a face mask reduces your chance of spreading the infection to others. If you are healthy, a mask may protect you from larger droplets from people around you.
Also, you need to maintain social distancing, keep the hygiene of your hands, and wear and use the mask appropriately. You can find more information below if you'd like. Note that the mask should not be used on children under 3 years old and people who have respiratory problems or cannot remove it without assistance.
How do I properly wear a face mask?
Your mask should cover your face from the bridge of your nose to under your chin. It should be loose-fitting but still secure enough to stay in place. Make sure you can talk with your mask on and that it doesn’t irritate you, so you are not tempted to touch it or pull it out of place, which could put you at risk from touching your face or limit its effectiveness.
- Wear a non-medical mask or face covering to protect others.
- DO ensure the mask is made of at least two layers of tightly woven fabric.
- DO ensure the mask or face covering is clean and dry.
- DO wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser before and after touching the mask or face covering. - DO use the ear loops or ties to put on and remove the mask.
- DO ensure your nose and mouth are fully covered.
- DO replace and launder your mask whenever it becomes damp or dirty.
- DO wash your mask with hot, soapy water and let it dry completely before wearing it again.
- DO store reusable masks in a clean paper bag until you wear it again. - DO discard masks that cannot be washed in a plastic-lined garbage bin after use.
- DON'T reuse masks that are moist, dirty, or damaged.
- DON'T wear a loose mask.
- DON'T touch the mask while wearing it.
- DON'T remove the mask to talk to someone.
- DON'T hang mask from your neck or ears.
- DON'T share your mask.
- DON'T share your used mask with others.
Remember, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must also wash your hands often, practice physical distancing and stay home if you are sick.
What are the types of Coronavirus Masks?
Different types of masks are appropriate for different situations and needs. To protect yourself and others, learn what types of masks there are and when you should wear them.
All face masks must fit against the face and cover both the nose and mouth to be effective.
Cloth Mask A cloth face mask fits against the face using either ear loops or ties around the head. Multiple layers of fabric create a barrier between your nose and mouth and the outside, helping contain any respiratory droplets you may breathe out. The thicker the mask, the greater the barrier. You can easily make your own cloth mask at home with or without a sewing machine using a wide variety of fabrics, though tightly woven fabrics like cotton are recommended. These kinds of fabrics can also be useful when wearing a mask in the heat.
Surgical Mask Surgical masks are disposable covers that are usually worn by medical professionals during surgeries or other procedures. They often made of a combination of paper and plastics, and are commonly light blue in color. Surgical masks are designed to protect against large respiratory droplets but don't protect against smaller droplets. They are effective for helping protect others around you if you are a carrier of the virus. Surgical masks should be for one-time usage.
N95 or Professional-Grade Medical Mask N95 respirators and other professional-grade medical masks are carefully sized to form a tight seal between the air outside and the face. They are designed to protect healthcare workers from droplets in the air. Healthcare workers who wear N95 masks undergo a detailed test of the mask's fit to ensure that it creates a full seal, thus it is not recommended to be used by the public.
N95 respirators and other professional-grade medical masks are carefully sized to form a tight seal between the air outside and the face. They are designed to protect healthcare workers from droplets in the air. Healthcare workers who wear N95 masks undergo a detailed test of the mask's fit to ensure that it creates a full seal, thus it is not recommended to be used by the public.