Wearing a face mask during a grocery run is not something any of us ever imagined having to do just a few short months ago. But as we navigate new standards of safety and protection during this global pandemic, we’re becoming all too familiar with the practice.
Strange as it may seem, the CDC’s recommendation for individuals to wear cloth face coverings in public settings has led to many statewide mandates, turning the wearing of face masks into the “new normal” indeed. So, how does everyone know how to wear, handle and properly care for their new face masks? The answer, understandably, is that most don’t.
If you don’t have a background in healthcare, you’ve probably never even touched a protective face mask before now, so it’s only natural to feel a little unsure of proper usage. That’s why we’ve developed this simple illustrated guide to help you quickly adapt to the current conditions!
Handling Your Protective Face Mask
One thing we’ve all become accustomed to, as of late, is the frequent washing of our hands. Add before and after wearing your face mask to the list of times this activity is necessary. Washing your hands before placing your face mask onto your face will reduce the risk of infection, for yourself as well as for others.
Although your hands were clean when you initially donned your face mask, you also want to remember to avoid touching the mask while wearing it and to wash your hands once again before removing it. The age old proverb, “Better safe than sorry,” can be applied here.
How to Wear Your Mask
A protective face mask should fully cover your nose and mouth in order to effectively protect you, as well as other’s nearby, from respiratory droplets. You can ensure proper coverage by fitting the mask across the bridge of your nose and extending the material down to fully cover your mouth.
Your chin does not need to be fully covered by the mask to ensure proper coverage for your mouth but many find it helpful to wear their masks in this manner.
Ensuring a Proper Fit
If your protective mask comes with elastic ear straps, ribbons or bands, they should be wrapped securely behind your ears, to ensure a proper fit. Slight gapping, between your skin and the mask, may form at your cheeks which is common and does not reduce the masks efficacy.
Two signs of a properly positioned mask are breathability and comfort. If your mask feels extremely tight or seems to constrict your air flow, you may want to try repositioning it or opting for a different mask.
Caring For & Maintaining Reusable Masks
The beauty of a reusable, cloth face mask is that it can be washed and worn over and over again. Cloth masks can be placed in the washer and dryer with your laundry or washed separately with warm soapy water and then set to air dry. If you’re using single-use, disposable masks, then you can simply throw it away after wearing it in a public area.
We hope this clears up any confusion you may have been experiencing in regards to your new face mask. Remember, if you are still in need of reusable cloth face masks or even single-use options, just visit our site to stock up for you, your family, staff and even community members. All of our protective face masks have been secured, In Stock and are shipping from Moorestown, NJ, allowing us to considerably reduce your wait time! Order today!