7 Tips for Sanitary Wearing of Face Masks
Face masks are protective equipment people can wear to prevent transmission of infectious diseases and to protect themselves from harmful substances such as toxic inhalants. These days,
There are three major types of face masks, each of which has distinct material composition and function: respirator, surgical, and cloth.
These facemasks are easy to use and convenient to wear in general. However, there are certain practices to be observed to ensure correct and proper use of these accessories. Listed below are some tips for sanitary wearing of face masks.
For Surgical Masks
Do Not Reuse
Never reuse surgical masks. Surgical masks are disposable, and reusing them is not recommended under absolutely any circumstance. If you want to eat or drink, dispose of the face mask properly and use a new one once you’re done. Pulling it down to your chin and wearing it again after eating or drinking is considered an unsanitary practice. The thought is that our chin, being not covered with the mask, may also be potentially contaminated with microorganisms, which we can inhale if we reuse the mask.
Seal the Mask Properly
Medical-grade face masks have a built-in bendable metal strip that can be shaped to follow the contour of the nose. This provides the mask a better fit and helps seal it properly. Make sure to press on it to give it a tighter fit around your nose and minimize the release of respiratory secretions into the air.
For Cloth Face Masks
Wash Cloth Masks After Every Use
Unlike medical-grade face masks, cloth masks are reusable. Just make sure to wash your cloth masks immediately after every use and dry them out properly before using them again.
Ghluv’s collection of face masks—available in a range of designs—are imbued with antimicrobial properties that can last up to 30 washes. While these fabric masks certainly have long life cycles, it’s a good idea to have more than one on hand between washings so you can easily replace a soiled mask with a fresh one. Ghluv also has other products such as antimicrobial hand protectors, antimicrobial tights, and antimicrobial home socks.
Store Cloth Masks Properly
After washing your cloth face masks, store them properly. You can use clean ziplocks or other clean containers to keep them from collecting dust. Never leave your cloth masks lying around because they are typically made of materials that are considered fomites, which means that they have the capacity to carry microorganisms that are transmissible to humans.
Taking this into consideration, our product developers thought of making use of HeiQ’s V-block technology minimize Ghluv face masks’ potential for being contaminated with pathogens. Silver nanoparticles and vesicle structures inhibit the growth and persistence of microorganisms on the fabric, making our product safer for users.
Never Share Cloth Face Masks with Other People
Although cloth masks are reusable and easily washable, they are not meant to be shared with other people. It is completely against sanitary practices to share cloth masks because of its potential to transmit disease-carrying microorganisms.
For Both Surgical and Cloth Face Masks
Do Not Touch the Mask
As much as possible, try not to touch the body of the mask when putting it on—and more importantly when removing it. Take advantage of the ear loops to keep your hands from directly touching the face mask. Your hands are potential carriers of microorganisms as well, no matter how often you wash or sanitize them, so it is wise to keep them away from the mask’s surface to avoid contaminating it.
Ensure Full Coverage of Mouth and Nose
One of the primary functions of any kind of mask is to prevent transmission of infectious microorganisms that travel through respiratory droplets. These respiratory droplets may come from the nose and the mouth. As such, when wearing face masks, ensure that both your mouth and your nose are fully covered. These will prevent release of respiratory droplets into the air.
Face masks, if worn correctly, have the capacity to lower the risk of transmission of infectious diseases that can be passed on through respiratory droplets. By observing these practices, together with proper handwashing and physical distancing, we can help stop these diseases from spreading.