It seems too easy: you put on a mask to help combat the spread of coronavirus while other people may be around you. When you're back home, you take it off.
But then it fogs up your glasses, so you take off the mask. Your voice is muffled, so when you speak, you pull it away from your face. You're with your friends, so you take off your mask. You're just off for a short drive, so you forgo it completely.
Well, it's not just you. Everybody has hard a tough time adjusting to these things covering our faces. It's been a big shift for all of us since the CDC ordered us to wear masks in public. We're not flawless, so we do our best.
That's exactly why we're here to teach you all about those typical mistakes when it comes to face masks that still people make.
Your mask only covers your mouth
We breathe partly or entirely through the nose, but if you inhale viral spores, how does your mask shield you in some way? Plus, when it comes to containing droplets, if you sneeze, a mask that just protects your mouth cannot do much.
Wearing a mask that protects both your nose and mouth, with the mask sealed under your chin, is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, it should fit snugly against your face, and your nose, mouth, and even the sides of your face should have no wide holes across it.
You always touch your mask
We know that wearing your face mask all the time is not the most fun thing, but stop touching it all the time! For example, if some part of your face or body that is infected with the virus is touched by your mask, and then you wear it over your mouth and nose, then you are at high risk of infection.
Before wearing a mask, make sure you wash your hands properly, and if you are out and about, fight the temptation to stroke it or change it. And don't keep it around your neck if you have no plans on wearing it. Stay home if that's the case.
You don't clean your mask
Your work doesn't end with just wearing the mask; after you remove it, you have to maintain hygiene too! If it is a mask that is disposable, then there is no cause for alarm. But if you are going to reuse the mask, then make sure it is cleaned correctly. The CDC also requires fabric masks to be cleaned in a washing machine.