In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it is more crucial than ever that we all know how to utilize personal protective equipment effectively. This fact rings especially true for medical masks. Knowing the correct way to don, wear, and remove a medical mask to ensure both your safety and the safety of those around you is paramount.
For example, being sure to wash your hands before applying the mask is an essential step that many overlook. As well as this, ensuring your mask is fitted to your face correctly is imperative and will increase the effectiveness of the mask in protecting you and others from the virus. Also, being sure to discard single-use masks immediately after utilizing them will decrease the likelihood of cross-contamination.
Just as important as knowing what you should do, being knowledgeable about what you shouldn’t do when applying or wearing a mask is vital. Make sure the mask you are using is not ripped or damp. In addition, be sure that your mask is well-fitted, covering both your mouth and nose, and that once you have put on the mask you do not touch it until removing it. Wearing a mask correctly is easy if you are well-informed.