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Coronavirus: All You Should Know About the use of Facemask

Who would have thought that facemask will be a compulsory check – list as one intends to move in public places, no thank to the coronavirus pandemic.

As various countries has recommended safety measures to the public in order to ease the lockdown following the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease, the compulsory use of Facemask has continued to ring bell. Aside the use of Facemask, other safety recommendations to curb the transmission of the disease includes:

Physical Distancing — people should keep a minimum distance of  2 – metres from one another.

Hand washing with soap and water should be performed as frequently as possible or using an alcohol-based sanitizer where no water is available.

If someone is coughing or sneezing, they should cover their cough, using a disposable tissue and discarding in a waste bin and washing their hands  or using their bent elbow.

Normal practices like greeting one another with handshakes or hugging should be avoided.

At Healthy health consult, staying safe and healthy is paramount, hence we will discuss all you should know about the use of facemask.

Facemasks are personal protective eyewear, they are loose-fitting masks that cover the nose and mouth, and have ear loops or ties or bands at the back of the head. They are used to limit the spread of infections or germs.

How is the Face Masks Effective

When someone who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or talks, they send tiny droplets with the coronavirus into the air. That’s where a mask can help. A facemask covers your mouth and nose. It can block the release of virus-filled droplets into the air when you cough or sneeze. This helps slow the spread of COVID-19.

Types of Facemask

There are different types of Facemask
— N95 respirator masks fit tightly around your face.

Coronavirus: All You should know about the use of facemask

They filter out 95% or more of the smallest particles in the air. But they have to fit just right in order to work.

— Surgical masks are often blue with white borders.

Coronavirus: All You should know about the use of facemask

They fit loosely across your nose and mouth. These masks shield against large droplets that come from a sick person’s cough or sneeze, but they’re too loose to protect against all germs. And they can’t block the tiniest particles that may carry.
These one are worn mostly by health workers.

— Fabric masks; these are mask sown from fabrics or different clothing materials used as facemask.

Coronavirus: All You should know about the use of facemask

They offer a little protection but are optimal in covering the mouth and Nose.

Safety Tips before Putting on the Facemask

Before you put on your facemask, ensure you follow proper tips inline with the guidelines of WHO

  • Clean hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
  • Remove the mask from the box and make sure there are no obvious tears or holes in either side of the mask.
  • Determine which side of the mask is the top. The side of the mask that has a stiff bendable edge is the top and is meant to mold to the shape of your nose.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  •  Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.

Safety Tips to Remove the Facemask

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
  • Avoid touching the front of the mask, as it must have been contaminated. Only touch the ear loops/ties/band, to remove the mask.
  • Discard immediately in a waste bin.
  • Clean hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.

Simple test to know a good protective Facemask
If the wearer can put off a flame from a cigarette lighter that is placed in front of the wearer, the mask is  Not protective enough.

When to Wear Your Facemask

The NCDC recommends that everyone should wear  face masks in public places where it’s hard to stay 2- meters away from other people.

If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19.

Wear a mask if you are coughing, sneezing, or sick.

Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.


Denis Chilaka

Denis Chilaka is a passionate blogger and an amazing writer. He is a health enthusiast who loves sharing helpful information that aids healthy living.

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