Any viral and bacterial contamination, like the present COVID-19 virus that has induced a pandemic around the world, spreads by getting into our noses, mouth, and eyes.
There are various measures in place, recommended for people to follow to halt the spread of the virus; and wearing a face mask when in crowd, or when outdoors is one such key measurement. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended wearing face mask when in a public place, when people leave their home for essential tasks like grocery shopping, pharmacies, and other sensitive places where you need additional precaution other than mere social distancing measures.
COVID-19 can spread via respiratory droplets between people interacting close such as through coughing, sneezing, or talking. Wearing a face mask in a public place helps to reduce your exposure to viral contamination and also others from you, in case if you are infected with the virus. The face mask will also help you keep your hands away from your mouth and nose.
While wearing a face mask is a key measure that you should take seriously in present times, there are some do’s and don’ts of wearing a face mask that you should know so that you are wearing it the right way while limiting your exposure to the risk to minimum:
- When you are out in public for buying groceries, medicines, and other essential items, you should cover your face using a mask that should sit tightly against your face without leaving any gaps.
- At the time of buying a face mask, you should ensure the mask is of high-end quality, has multiple layers of fabric (for enhanced protection) and you can breathe through it easily.
- It is also necessary to make sure your masks cover your mouth and nose perfectly without leaving any gap for air to pass through.
- After coming back to your home from outside you should remove your mask carefully through the ear loops without touching it from the front and your nose, mouth, and eyes.
- Make sure that wash your reusable face masks thoroughly right away after you enter your home it, with detergent and warm water and also dry it carefully and thoroughly.
- You shouldn’t put a mask on young children under age 2 or any person who has trouble breathing or if that person unable to remove the mask without assistance. Make sure they are protected from going to any risky areas.
- As per CDC guidance, don’t use a medical mask that should be reserved for the healthcare industry.
- You should not push your mask down when eating or drinking. You should remove it completely and through the recommended way, and then sanitize your hands before wearing it again.
- Avoid wearing a mask that is not cleaned thoroughly, or has any distortion.
- Don’t avoid taking other preventive measures including keeping safe distance from others, washing your hands, and also don’ touch your mouth, nose, and eyes. Remember mask reduces your exposure to infectious contaminants, but cannot completely eliminate the threat.
- If you feel sick or have a fever or are coughing or sneezing, avoid going out of your home.
Now, for every person, their first priority is safety and to keep them safe from the virus. By using the above-mentioned information you can, to a great extent, stop the spread of COVID-19 when you are outdoors.