What should you do if you accidentally touched your mask? Don’t touch your mask while wearing it. If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or sanitize your hands.
How do I properly wear a fabric mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?
How to put on and wear a fabric mask:
• Before touching the mask, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
• Inspect the mask for tears or holes, do not use a mask that is damaged.
• Adjust the mask to cover your mouth, nose, and chin, leaving no gaps on the sides.
• Place the straps behind your head or ears. Do not cross the straps because this can cause gaps on the side of your face.
• Avoid touching the mask while wearing it. If you touch it, clean your hands.
• Change your mask if it gets dirty or wet.
Are there face masks that should not be worn during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Face coverings limit the volume and travel distance of expiratory droplets dispersed when talking, breathing, and coughing. A face covering without vents or holes will also filter out particles containing the virus from inhaled and exhaled air, reducing the chances of infection.
But, if the mask include an exhalation valve, a wearer that is infected (maybe without having noticed that, and asymptomatic) would transmit the virus outwards through it, despite any certification they can have.
So the masks with exhalation valve are not for the infected wearers, and are not reliable to stop the pandemic in a large scale. Many countries and local jurisdictions encourage or mandate the use of face masks or cloth face coverings by members of the public to limit the spread of the virus.
How should you keep masks and face covers clean?
If you’re wondering how often your mask or face covers need to be washed, the answer is simple. They should be laundered after every use.
“If you can’t wash them right away, store them in a plastic bag or laundry basket,” Dr. Hamilton says. “Hand wash or wash on a gentle cycle using hot, soapy water. Then, dry them on high heat.” If you notice damage, or if the mask is heavily soiled, it’s best to throw it away.
When it comes to protecting yourself from COVID-19, you’re the first line of defense. Take the proper precautions to stay safe whether you’re out picking up essential supplies or receiving healthcare services.