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The mistakes you commit with your mask during Covid-19


The Covid-19 pandemic has majorly affected our lives and livelihood. To prevent from getting infected, the World Health Organization has recommended every person to maintain social distance, wash hands frequently and wear our mask.

People of all ages have been sporting mask but are they even wearing it the right way? The world is now being more severely affected by the virus and safety is confined in our hands. Here are some common mistakes people do while wearing a mask :

  1. Your mask only covers your mouth

You’ve been fancy ordering mask from different sites but you see it only covers the part of your mouth and not the nose , then the entire structure of mask is considered to be wrong. You usually inhale through nose completely or partially. The particles you intake from your nose directly affects your body. Hence, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a mask that covers both your nose and mouth, with the mask secured under your chin. Besides, it should fit snugly against your face, and there shouldn’t be any large gaps around your nose, mouth, or even the sides of your face.

2. You keep touching your mask

At times, it must get suffocating to wear your mask all the time. In order to adjust ,you keep on touching your mask with sanitizing or washing your hand. The contaminated virus can pass through your hands when you keep on touching.

3. You aren’t cleaning your mask properly

If you’re using a disposable mask, it is well and good. But if not then you should maintain a proper hygiene of the mask.

“Warm water and any detergent you’re used to using at home should work great,” Dr. Gabriela Andujar Vazquez, an infectious disease physician and associate hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center, shared with a media outlet.

Let it dry in the sun, once you’re done washing. If your mask is damaged in any way or looks soiled, then don’t use it anymore. Just safely dispose it in a closed dustbin, and wash your hands properly.

4. You use your mask even when it’s damp

The hot and humid climate can often lead to sweating making the mask wet and damped which becomes worthless. WHO states that fabric face masks should consist of at least three layers of different material. However, it adds that moisture can compromise this protection.

Written by Ompriya Sahoo

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