I think that people have realized that wearing a face mask is important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic these days. Not long ago, people raised eyebrows and said not-so-kind words when they saw Asian people wearing masks and thought that only sick people should wear masks (some still do). But many official sources have stated that even people with no symptoms at all can be a COVID-19 carrier and can spread the virus even when they are not sick. Therefore, wearing masks is necessary, not only to protect yourself, but also to protect others. I believe not before long the whole society will have a new look about wearing masks.
I have written 2 posts sharing free fabric face mask patterns for those who want to DIY their face masks. The links are here:
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We must also understand that fabric face mask is far from as efficient as a N95 mask or respiratory – however, these masks should be given to the doctors, nurses and frontline workers. To us normal people who have lower possibility of contacting with the virus, homemade fabric masks are enough. Of course, home-made fabric mask cannot protect you 100% from breathing in the tiny coronavirus. What the mask does is protect other people around you. Because you don’t know if you carry the virus (in early stage we can still spread the COVID-19 to others), so when you wear a mask, others will not get droplets from your breathing, coughing or sneezing. Now, if other people wear masks – they are protecting you from their droplets. So if we all wear masks, we are protecting each other.
I believe, along with social distancing and islolation, wearing masks when you are outside is a must now. And I am relieved to see more and more people wearing masks here, in Toronto, Canada. However, the more people I see wearing masks, the more I realize people are wearing the wrong way. They keep touching, adjusting their masks, pulling them off when they are alone, or using them over and over again without proper sanitization. I really want to come up to them and say: “You are not using the mask the right way! That would not keep the virus away from you or your loved ones!”
So, this post is written as a friendly reminder for those who are wearing masks the not-so-right way. I went through many guidelines on the use of masks (both surgical masks and homemade fabric masks) and come up with it.
HOW TO USE YOUR FACE MASKS PROPERLY
1. You must get yourself a well-fitted face mask, not too tight not too loose, one that can cover both your mouth and nose, and still allows you to breathe.
2. Do not use your hands to touch your nose, mouth under the mask. Touching will give viruses the chance to get into your body.
3. Never pull it down to your chin and pull it up again. If you need to take off the mask, use one finger to lift the ear loop and pull the mask out. Do not re-use the mask that you’ve taken off.
4. Do not touch the mask you are wearing, or adjust it, the virus can move from your mask to your hands if you are (unlucky enough to be) the virus carrier and go any where your hands touch later.
5. Do not put your masks into your pockets, bags. Masks can get dirty or have virus on the surface and cause you harm. Put your used and unused masks in different sealed plastic bags.
6. Each fabric mask should be used only once and washed and sanitized properly right after use (or put in a separate sealed bag until you get home and wash it).
7. You should prepare yourself at least 3-4 fabric masks when you go out (more if you travel a lot into crowded places) and change after you visit each place. Wash your hands before changing your mask.
And above all, remember social distancing, isolation, washing hands regularly. I hope that you will all stay safe in this horrible pandemic!