How do I properly wear a fabric mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?
How to put on and wear a fabric mask:• Before touching the mask, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.• Inspect the mask for tears or holes, do not use a mask that is damaged.• Adjust the mask to cover your mouth, nose, and chin, leaving no gaps on the sides.• Place the straps behind your head or ears. Do not cross the straps because this can cause gaps on the side of your face.• Avoid touching the mask while wearing it. If you touch it, clean your hands.• Change your mask if it gets dirty or wet.
What to do if you have a problem with your face mask?
So, social distancing and staying in quarantine are strong preventative measures if you have the luxury of practicing them. The CDC also recommends hand washing, using a sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when you’re unable to find soap and water, and cleaning and disinfecting your home daily.
What to do if your ears hurt while wearing a face mask?
If your ears hurt while you’re wearing your mask, the style may be too small for you. You may want to search for a face mask with adjustable strap lengths that won’t dig into your skin. Some versions, like these from Reformation or these organic cotton face masks from Avocado, tie behind your head for a custom-fit that avoids your ears completely.
When to avoid public places with a face mask?
If someone with asthma feels they are unable to breathe well enough with a face mask on, the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology says they should avoid going to public places as much as possible . For those with asthma or trouble breathing, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
Is it OK to wash your hands while wearing a face mask?
So, we put together a list of common issues as well as solutions to help make wearing face masks a bit easier. It should also be noted that simply wearing a face mask doesn’t negate the need to practice the CDC’s other prevention guidelines like washing your hands and practicing social distancing.