Protect Yourself From The Corona Virus By Using A Face Mask
Wearing a face mask is now a part of our everyday life. Until a vaccine and/or cure for Covid-19 is found we have to follow every safety measure to prevent ourselves from contracting the Corona virus. It is possible to have the Corona virus without showing symptoms for up to fourteen days; however you can infect others in that time therefore wearing a mask will also prevent you from spreading it.
When Should You Use A Face Mask?
Make sure to wear a mask whenever you are out in public, for example when doing your grocery shopping – in South Africa this is now the law and you can be fined or jailed for noncompliance. If you are around other people, even at home, wear a face mask, especially if you are sneezing and coughing.
How Do You Use A Face Mask?
- Firstly make sure your hands are clean before handling your mask. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Determine which side of the mask is the top – that’s the part that goes over your nose.
- Determine which side of the mask is the front – the side that is coloured is usually the front and should face away from you.
- If you have a face mask with ear loops, hold the mask by the ear loops and then place the loops over each ear.
- If your face mask has ties, bring the mask in line with your nose then place the ties over your head and tie a bow. Do not tie a knot as the mask will be difficult to remove later on.
- If your face mask has bands, hold the mask in your hands with the top at your fingertips and the bands hanging freely. Bring the mask to your nose then pull the tops strap over your head and secure the strap on the crown of your head. Next pull the bottom strap over your head and let it rest at the nape of your neck.
- Lastly pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.
- If your mask has stiff bendable edges, pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose.
Removing A Face Mask After Use
- Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer first
- Avoid touching the front of the mask as it is contaminated. Be careful not to touch your eyes, mouth and nose when removing your face mask after use.
- Masks with ear loops – hold both ear loops and gently lift and remove the mask
- Masks with ties – first untie the bottom bow then the top bow. Pull the mask away as the ties are loosened
- Face masks with bands – first lift the bottom strap over your head then pull the top strap over your head
- Throw disposable face masks in the bin immediately and wash your hands with soap and water. Reusable cloth masks must be washed thoroughly.
How To Wash Reusable Cloth Face Masks:
- Using a washing machine is effective in cleaning your reusable cloth face mask properly. You don’t have to get any special cleaning product; your regular washing powder will suffice.
- If you are washing by hand, lather your face mask with soap and scrub it for at least 20 seconds, then rinse with hot water. After hanging in the sun to dry and before the next use, iron your cloth mask to get rid of any remaining germs.
So far 153 people have died from the Corona virus in South Africa and almost 8000 have contracted it. Check the latest statistics here. Make sure you stay safe and prevent the spread of the deadly virus by using a face mask.
Other ways to help stop the spread of the Corona virus are as follows:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Sneeze or cough into your elbow
- Avoid touching your face
- Keep a safe distance (2 meters) from other people
- Stay at home if you can