Wearing a face mask during a pandemic or flu season allows you to go about their day while also preventing the spread of germs. That said, if you want to ensure that your mask is doing its job, you need to wear it properly! Here’s how you can properly wear your face masks this season:

What Makes A Good Mask?

Before even putting on a face mask, you should first understand what makes a good mask. Disposable clinical masks work well, but for people who cannot afford constantly buying masks, or if disposable masks are hard to get, cloth masks are the best option. Cloth masks can be reused and are typically machine washable as well.

According to the CDC, cotton is best for a face covering, and all face masks need to cover the face in a way that does not allow air to escape through the top, sides, or bottom of the mask.

Wearing Your Mask

To properly wear a face mask, you’ll need to make sure your hands are clean and there are no holes or tears in the mask itself. Most disposable masks (and some handmade ones) have a stiff, bendable edge to them. This part goes over your nose. When you begin to put on a mask with loops, hold your mask by the loops and place them around each ear. If the mask has ties, place the mask over your nose and mouth, then tie the ends together behind the ears with a bow.

 Once the mask is secure, bend the nose strip around the bridge of your nose to secure it and get rid of any gaps. When you put on your mask, it must cover your nose, mouth, and chin, and the colored side of the mask faces outward.

If you need help putting on a face mask, always ask someone to wash their hands before helping you.

Getting the Right Fit

While most masks you can buy are “one size fits all”, it can be difficult for some people to properly wear a face mask if it doesn’t fit quite right. If your mask is too big for your face, there are ways you can make it fit better without making gaps. For face masks with ties, simply tie the mask tighter to your face. For disposable masks and masks with ear loops, put the mask on your face as you normally would, then pull the mask so it is snug against your face by the loops behind your ears. From there, you can knot them to keep the mask snug to your face.

Wearing a Mask With Glasses

If you have glasses, wearing a face mask may pose another problem: you can’t see! For some, a mask that doesn’t fit properly is the culprit behind foggy glasses. Before going out, check to see if your mask fits properly to your face. This means no gaps around your nose or on the sides of the mask. If your mask is snug and the problem continues, try taping down your mask with sports or medical tape. This will guarantee that there are no gaps around your nose while you wear your mask. Just be sure to avoid using duct tape or any kind of tape that isn’t meant for the skin!

Another way to prevent glasses from fogging up is to wash your glasses with a microfiber cloth and some warm water. While this only works for glasses without special lenses (like Transitions lenses), the cloth will help get extra grime and liquids off the lens. From there, you can let the glasses air dry.

Remember to keep social distancing and wear your mask in public when applicable. To browse more medical products that can help you stay safe, visit the Medical Supply Depot.

 

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