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How Not To Wear Your Face Mask

Everybody is wearing a mask these days, and for good reason. It’s good news that many people are doing their part to slow down the spread. However, not everyone is wearing their mask the right way.

One of the biggest mistakes we’ve seen is people keep touching their mask, pulling them under their nose or under their chins.

Here’s a list of don’ts when wearing a mask.

Nose out of Mask (The Sniffer)

Don't Wear the Mask below your nose

When the mask leaves the nose exposed, contagious particles can still infect you when someone coughs, sneezing or just talking.

Always keep both your mouth and nose covered.

Not Wearing a Mask That Fits (The Gap)

Oftentimes, people reuse their masks. The mask becomes loose due to repeated use. It leaves gaps for airborne particles to flow through and infect you.

It’s advised that you don’t reuse masks.

Exposed Chins

To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with wearing your masks this way. It just looks funny.

Lowering Your Mask To The Chin (Chin Diapers)

It’s quite common to see someone lowering their mask to talk or eat. It looks funny for sure, they are basically chin diapers at that point.

However, it’s unhygienic because your mask becomes contaminated and you need to replace your mask.

The best thing is to remove your mask from the strap and store it, then put it back on.

Lowering the Mask To The Neck (Neck Beard)

Just like the Chin Diaper, It’s unhygienic because the mask can be contaminated easily when you are eating, drinking and even talking.

Facemask on Your Head (The Mask Hat)

Don’t wear your facemask on your head. Your hair is filled with germs and other particles after a day out.

Your mask becomes contaminated and can’t be reused.

Mask Around Your Arm or Wrist

We see this quite often when we are eating out at a restaurant, people like to tie their mask around the arm or wrist.

Again, it’s not a hygienic way to store your mask, because of germs on your skin after going out.

How to Wear a Mask

Now that you know how not to wear a mask, here’s what you should do:

  • Wear your mask all the way up, close to the bridge of your nose.

  • Tighten the straps so your mask is snug around your face with no gaps.

Masks offer limited protection, but it works better when combined with hand-washing and proper social distancing.

  • Always wash your hands before and after wearing a mask

  • Don’t touch the front of your mask when you take it off.

  • Use the straps to put your mask on and pull it off.

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