Types of masks & proper way to wear them

The officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & the World Health Organization (WHO) have deemed wearing face masks in public places will help to slow down the spread of COVID-19 after social distancing. We all know the cases of COVIDD-19 in Pakistan are increasing day by day that’s why wearing a face mask has become a necessity. Whether you are going for grocery shopping or visiting the bank, it is necessary to wear a face mask & also maintain a social distance of 6 feet.

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Of course, wearing a face mask in this hot season is not an easy task, however, it is more important to listen to the experts’ advice & follow all the procedures to protect yourself as well as your loved ones.  COVID-19 has affected millions of people across the globe.

Since a lot of people are confused about the different types of face masks available online or at stores. We have made a guide to help you in understanding the difference between face mask & how to wear them.

In this article, you will learn about:

  • Types of face masks
  • When to wear a face mask
  • The right way to wear a face mask
  • The right way to remove a face mask
  • How to wear a face mask with glasses

Types of face masks

There are three main types of face masks available in different areas of Pakistan.

  • Surgical mask
  • Fabric mask
  • N-95 Respirators

Surgical mask

The most commonly available masks are surgical masks. The masks are usually available in green & blue colors with white borders. Surgical masks are also disposable masks & shield you from the infected person when they sneeze or cough. However, these masks can’t fit tightly against your mouth & nose, that’s why they are not much effective when it comes to blocking small particles & other germs.

Those who are sick with flu or another disease must wear the surgical mask every time they step out of the house. Not only it will save them but also the others catching your flu.

Fabric mask

Fabric masks might not be as good as surgical masks but still, these will provide a shield from a sick person.

These masks are available in markets at low cost & usually made form new or recycled fabric. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC ), adding a coffee filter between the two layers of fabric mask will make these masks more effective against the deadly coronavirus.

Fabric masks need to be washed daily with soap & warm water after wearing every time. You can also make a fabric mask at home, instead of buying it from the market.     

N-95 Respirators

N-95 respirators are also known as particle respirator masks and are suitable for paramedic staff, doctors & other health care professionals that are battling with this deadly virus on the front line.

These masks are disposable & cover mouth & nose. According to experts, if worn correctly these masks can block out up to 95% of small airborne particles.  

But these masks are hard to find at local pharmacies & also a little bit expensive. Not everyone can afford it.  

Please remember that wearing a face mask can only be helpful if you also follow other precautions like washing your hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds & practicing social distancing.

When to wear a face mask

It is compulsory to wear a face mask when you are going out. No doubt, the current lockdown has slow down the spread of coronavirus in Pakistan & you usually visit a handful of places sometimes.

You should wear a face mask when going out for grocery shopping, visiting a bank, hospital, or pharmacy. Make sure to cover your nose and mouth with the face mask.

Wearing face masks will help you not to get the infections from the infected individuals, as this virus can easily transmit to another person through talking or came in contact.

So, if you or someone you know has tested positive for coronavirus or showing any symptoms, make sure they don’t leave the house unnecessary or without wearing a mask.  

The right way to wear a face mask

There are many dos & don’ts of wearing a face mask to prevent this deadly coronavirus.

We have listed step by step explanation of the right way to wear a face mask. Follow the following steps:

Step 1: Wash your hands with soap for about 20 seconds & dry it with a paper towel & throw it away. If soap is unavailable you can also use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% isopropyl alcohol to clean your hands.

Step 2: After washing hands, pick up the face mask by its loops & secure them tightly around your ears. If you are wearing a surgical mask, make sure that the exterior green or blue side is facing away from your nose & mouth. Also, the edge with the bendable metal wire must be placed at the top of the nose.

Step 3: Make sure the face mask covers your face & nose completely. Pull the mask to adjust it according to your face.     

Step 4: once the mask is placed properly on your face, use your index finger and thumb to pinch the bendable metal wire around the bridge of your nose.

Step 5: Wash your hands again with soap & try not to touch your face again.

The right way to remove a face mask

Now we have discussed the right way to wear a face mask, let have a look at the right way to remove a face mask.

Step 1: Wash your hands with soap & water for at least 20 seconds as mentioned above. If soap is unavailable use the hand sanitizer.

Step 2: pull off the ear loops to take off the face mask. Make sure to avoid touch interior & exterior of the face mask as it may be contaminated.

Step 3: in case of a surgical mask or N-95 respirators, make sure to dispose of them by throwing them in the trash. If you are wearing a fabric mask, wash them with soap or detergent as they can be used again.

How to wear a face mask with glasses

If you have poor eyesight & wearing a face mask with glasses can completely fog up your vision. Wearing a face mask will help in slowing down the spread of this deadly virus. But it is hard to wear because of the glasses. Then again, working through a blurry vision is hundreds of times better than getting sick or infected with the deadly virus. Here is a trick that might help you wearing a face mask with glasses with 100 percent vision.

Soapy water can stop your glasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask. Therefore, before wearing a face mask, wash your glasses with a solution of liquid soap & water. Then, instead of washing it with water, leave it to dry before cleaning it with soft cloth or tissue. It does not matter what kind of face mask you are wearing, this trick will help you to prevent your glasses from fogging up.

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Above we mentioned types of masks & how to wear them properly. Follow all of the above-mentioned steps to prevent yourself from getting the deadly virus. If you have tried these steps or know other tips than these, please feel free to share your reviews or experience with us via the comments section below. please stay safe during this coronavirus epidemic by maintaining social distancing & wearing proper gear like face mask & gloves. If you have any queries related to the article or website feel free to ask us in the comments section below. Your feedback means a lot to use & it will also help us in improving our blog. For more updates stay tuned to the Izloo.com.pk/blog  Good luck

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