You put it on and take it off -- wearing a mask (or perhaps more accurately, a cloth face covering) seems simple enough.
As we're all learning, there's a bit more to it. Here's five ways to make your mask-wearing experience safer and more comfortable.
WASH YOUR HANDS (AGAIN): We talk a lot about handwashing these days. But did you ever consider that you should wash your hands every time you put your face covering on? That's the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Use an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. More tips here on how to safely put on and take off your mask.
WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED, WASH THE MASK TOO: OK, be honest: Have you washed your mask recently? The Mayo Clinic actually recommends washing your mask every day (depending on usage). There's nothing fancy about the process; you can just throw it in with the rest of your laundry.
SAY, CAN YOU SEE? Is your mask constantly fogging up your glasses? You're not alone. Try pinching the top of the mask to fit the shape of your nose, and if your mask allows it, tighten the sides as well for a good fit. You could also use medical or athletic tape to close the gap between the bridge of your nose and the top of your mask. More tips from the American Academy of Opthalmogy, and video below from Good Morning America.
YOUR MASK ISN'T YOUR WALLET: It might be tempting to stow your face covering in your pocket when you take if off. Don't do it. The Mayo Clinic recommends carefully folding your mask so the contaminated outside is folded inward and against itself. Place in a clean or new paper bag, and again, don't forget to sanitrize your hands when this process is complete.
DON'T LET IT GET WET: If your mask gets damp or wet as a result of perspiration or exhalation, it's not likely to be as effective at filtering out particles, says Dr. Gregory Poland at the Mayo Clinic. That's another reason to have a backup mask. Watch the below video of Dr. Poland explaining this concern and other mask-related issues:
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