Since the government issued an urgent national advice to wear face masks, you see more and more people walking down the street wearing them. Some people wear a face mask with a valve, others wear washable or homemade mouth masks with a nice print. Wearing an approved face mask has become an issue that we’re all confronted with on a daily basis. When leaving the house, you usually check if you’ve got your wallet and keys on you. A facemask has become part of this check.
Washing your hands regularly and disinfecting them with cleansing hand gel, keeping a distance of five feet and sneezing into your elbow are important measures against spreading the coronavirus. Wearing an approved face mask has become almost equally important, but also raises a few questions:
- What types of masks are there?
- How do I wear a face mask?
- When should I wear a face mask?
It’s normal to have some questions about wearing face masks, this is new to many of us. In fact, if you haven’t used public transport lately, it is rather likely that you’ve never worn a mouth mask before.
What types of masks are there?
In healthcare they mainly use surgical mouth caps and FFP masks. Non-medical masks are the masks that we’ll wear in public, while going to the store and all other public places where we are advised to wear a face mask or where it might even be mandatory. These are the caps that are homemade or commercially produced. Non-medical masks are not suitable for healthcare, so the massive purchase of these masks won’t lead to shortages in healthcare.
There are washable masks and disposable masks in the non-medical masks category. Reusable face masks can be worn again after washing them at 60 degrees. After wearing the type 1 or type 2 certified facemasks you throw them in the trash with the residual waste. If you find a mouth mask gives you difficulty breathing, you can try wearing a 3M mouth mask. These masks are equipped with a valve, making it easier to exhale. These 3M face masks with breathing valve are also ideal when you wear glasses, because your warm breath goes through the valve and therefore won’t fog your glasses.
How do I wear a mouth mask
The effectiveness of a mouth mask doesn’t solely depend on the quality of the materials, but also on the way you use it. You only put on a non-medical mouth mask after you’ve washed your hands with soap and water. Next, you put on the mouth mask by grasping it by the elastic or the strings and securing it behind the ears or on your head. It is important that you don’t touch the inside of the mask when putting it on. While removing the mask you also don’t touch the mask or the face and wash your hands immediately. If you use a self-made mouth mask, make sure you replace the filter after use. Don’t forget to make sure the cap covers both your mouth and your nose.
When should I wear a mouth mask?
Since the Corona debate on the 30th of September, urgent advice to wear a face mask has been issued nationwide for public indoor spaces and in secondary schools. by public indoor spaces the government means:
- catering industry
- town halls
In addition, there’s urgent advice for contact professions to wear masks while practicing, such as the hairdresser or the masseur. Not only the provider of a contact service should wear a mouth mask, but the customer is also advised to put on a mouth mask.
Protect yourself and others from spreading Covid-19 via aerosols, the moisture particles that are spread during exhalation, by wearing a mouth mask. When used correctly, they can have an effect on the prevention of the coronavirus. It’s really important to continue to comply with all the other applicable corona measures.