Many of us have probably never had to wear a mask for a long period of time or on a daily basis at any point in our lives. However, recently organizations such as WHO and the CDC have recommended the use of cloth face coverings where people are interacting in close proximity so it’s important to understand the best ways to use these protective masks.
Here is our guide to wearing facemasks in public to protect yourself and everyone around you.
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Where and When to Wear a Mask
The CDC recommends that a mask should be worn in public settings or anywhere social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as the grocery store. They highly suggest this for those who fall into the categories of adults 65 and older, people who are immunocompromised, and those who have underlying medical conditions.
The mask helps to limit the spread of germs that are expressed when someone talks, coughs, or sneezes. It helps to protect people from catching the wearer's illness, but also protects the wearer's nose and mouth from direct sprays of bodily fluids from others.
What to Wear
Cloth masks are suggested so that medical grade masks, such as the N-95 are reserved for front-line healthcare workers and medical first responders.
Cloth face coverings are also much easier to come by as they can be created from household items or handmade at little to no cost. There is actually a very informative video that shows Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General demonstrating how to fashion a mask from items such as a scarf, bandana, hand towel, or even a t-shirt listed on the CDC website.
How to Wear a Mask Properly
As far as wearing your face mask correctly, the CDC recommends the following:
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask.
- Place the mask over your mouth AND nose, making sure it is secure under your chin.
- Try for a snug fit against the sides of your face but not so tight that it's uncomfortable.
- Make sure that you can breathe easily.
Tips When Wearing a Mask
One of the biggest issues many face when wearing a mask outside comes with wearing glasses at the same time: fogging up your lenses. To keep your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask, simply wash your glasses with soapy water and allow them to either air dry or gently wipe them off with a soft cloth.
The soap leaves behind a thin film that acts as a fog barrier. You can also use your glasses to seal the top of your mask to prevent the warm air from escaping through.
After Wearing a Mask
Cloth face masks can be easily cleaned and disinfected by sending them through a cycle in your washing machine using regular laundry detergent and warm water.
Disposable masks should be thrown away and not reused. It is recommended that you wash your hand before removing your mask, remove by touching only the bands, straps, or ties, and washing your hands after removal.
Jacaranda Trace is taking every precaution to keep our residents and staff safe. To learn more about our community and the steps we’re taking, see our guidelines here.
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