Face Mask Wearing Guidance, What You Need To Know
Most people know they need to wear a mask, but they forget that mask wearing alone does not protect you from infection. There are other safety protocols you need to follow to ensure your own health and well-being.
Here’s a guideline of what to do and what to not do, when you are wearing a face.
Just Because, You Don’t Develop Any Symptoms, Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Carry The Virus
You should wear a mask, even if you do not feel sick. Those who never or have yet to show symptoms can still spread the virus to other people.
Always Wearing a mask helps protect those around you, in case you are infected but not showing symptoms.
Your Mask Helps Protect Those Around You
COVID-19 spreads mainly through respiratory droplets, it travels into the air when you talk, shout, sing, sneeze and cough. These droplets will reach other people and enter their bodily systems either through their mouth or nose.
Mask wearing reduces the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. While some droplets can still travel in the air, the mask of another will further reduce the droplets, thus keeps reducing infection rates.
But It Only Works, If You Wear Your Mask Properly
Masks should completely cover your nose and mouth, those 2 parts are the most vulnerable to infection. Make sure your mask fits snugly against the sides of your face without gaps.
Mask Wearing, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Social Distance
Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 1m apart, no matter where you are. We’ve seen people wearing masks all across Malaysia, and yet they stand close to each other, even strangers.
Always Wash Your Hands When Handling Your Mask
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t can’t wash them, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after touching or removing your mask.
Who Should or Should Not Wear A Mask
Masks should be worn,
Anytime you are in a public place
Anytime you are travelling
When you are around people who do not live with you.
When someone in your home is sick with symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
Masks should not be worn
A person with a disability who cannot safely wear a mask.