In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and after months of uncertain messages The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a straightforward recommendation that all Americans should wear face masks when they are out in public to slow the huge spread of the pandemic. The agency confirmed that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 could transmit the virus, that’s why the mask can help to block the spread of the virus by protecting the wearer and preventing them from spitting their germs everywhere.
However, masks will never give you invincible powers since it will never replace good hygiene. You should wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and preserve social distancing. Those crucial keys helped Asian countries to contain the Coronavirus even when wearing masks was already a common habit. If social distancing measures are not strict enough, the Coronavirus cases will continue rising and potentially cause hundreds of thousands if not millions of deaths in the US. Even if people are gathering wearing masks.
You might have seen many people on the streets or at the supermarkets wearing surgical masks dropping them in public trashcans, touching them, or even pulling them down their noses. Many people think that they are wearing them the right way but reality says that there is one right way and many other wrong ways when you use face masks, and unfortunately a huge number of people are on the wrong track.
So, what to do? First of all, it’s better to use a cloth or surgical masks and keep the N95 masks for health professionals. Second, continue reading to know the crucial mistakes you need to avoid when you are wearing a face mask.