Choosing A Mask
There are two commonly available and effective disposable face masks: 3-ply surgical face masks (the commonly seen rectangular blue face mask) and N95 respirators. The N95 designation means that when tested the mask blocks at least 95% of particles of 0.3 micron size.
When choosing a disposable mask ensure that it has the appropriate certifications.
There are also reusable masks made in a variety of different shapes and materials.
Using A Mask
There are some important tips to follow to make sure your mask protects you.
- The mask must cover your mouth, nose and chin.
- Pinch the metal edge of the mask so it sits flush with your nose.
- When removing a mask only touch the straps, never the mask itself.
Common mistakes when using a face mask include:
- Wearing the mask upside down.
- Touching the surface of the mask. This is where any contaminants sit so touching it simply transfers them to your hands.
- Pulling down masks temporarily to eat, drink and talk then putting it back up again.
- Reusing masks again and again. Disposable masks are designed for single use.