USE OF FACE MASK TO LIMIT SPREAD OF COVID-19 PCC Global Health February 22, 2022

USE OF FACE MASK TO LIMIT SPREAD OF COVID-19

In the midst of our current COVID-19 pandemic, being a mask wearer is one of the most important things you can do to slow the spread and take some of the pressure off of our hard-pressed healthcare workers. But why? We’re here to give you all the details on how masks slow the spread of COVID-19 .

 

WHY SHOULD YOU WEAR ONE?

SARS-CoV-2, most commonly known as COVID-19, is a coronavirus. Like many infectious diseases, it can be spread by respiratory droplets in the air (also called aerosols). These are the small particles that come from your mouth and nose when you sneeze, cough, speak, shout, sing, and breathe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is most commonly spread between people who are within close contact (6 feet) with each other. That’s why social distancing and widespread mask use are so important for slowing the spread of COVID-19.

 

SO, WHAT DO FACE MASKS DO?

When you go out wearing a mask, the layers of fabric act as a filter to keep most of those aerosols from reaching those around you. Masks that cover your mouth and nose prevent droplets from traveling as far so fewer of them reach other people or the surfaces around you to infect others.

 

“Are face masks effective? Yes.”

 The effectiveness of your face mask depends on what it’s made of. Fabric masks should have more than one layer and be made of a tightly woven, breathable fabric like cotton. All masks should fit snugly, but should not slide off your chin or nose when you talk.

 

HOW TO WEAR A MASK

  • Wash your hands before you put your mask on, after taking it off, and after touching your mask.
  • Tie or secure your mask around your ears or behind your head. Make sure the fit is snug, not so tight or loose that there are gaps around the sides. Ensure that your breathing is not restricted.
  • Make sure the mask covers your mouth, nose, and chin.
  • Don’t touch your mask while wearing it. Adjust or remove your mask using the ear loops when possible, rather than the front of the mask. Wash your hands after touching your mask.

 

 

Reference: https://www.babylonhealth.com/en-us/blog/health/face-coverings-explained

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