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Medical Masks and COVID-19: The Real Scoop

May 19, 2021

Scroll through Facebook or LinkedIn, turn on the TV, talk to your friends… it’s impossible not to hear about COVID-19 and the new deadly variants. All of us know someone who’s at higher risk: a grandpa with high blood pressure, a neighbor’s diabetic son, an aunt with chronic lung disease… And of course, all of us want things to get back to normal as soon as possible.

That is exactly why wearing a Medical Face Mask is one of the simplest, most important things you can do right now: We have to work together to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 and the new variants.

Why Should I Wear a Medical Mask?

Wearing a Medical Mask is the first step to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We know the virus spreads easily through air droplets – by wearing a Medical Mask, you are helping limit the particles you breathe out.

When everybody wears a mask, the coronavirus doesn’t have nearly as much opportunity to spread around. One study found wearing a face mask reduces the chances of infection by over 80%.

Combined with other COVID-19 safety measures (handwashing, social distancing), it’s clear that wearing a mask helps bring infection numbers way down. That’s why it is such a crucial step to help end the pandemic and to getting things back to normal.

I'm a Healthy Person, Do I Still Really Need to Wear a Medical Mask?

Yes, you do! While you personally may not be worried about contracting  COVID-19, the main purpose of wearing a mask is actually to protect others. Some people who get COVID-19 don’t have symptoms, so they may never feel sick. Those people can still spread COVID-19 to others, who might become extremely sick. Wearing a Medical Mask is not a weakness, you’re looking out for people in your community who might be much more severely affected by COVID-19 than you.

If Everyone Else is Wearing a Medical Mask, Do I Still Have to?

Medical Masks are more effective when more people wear them. They’re also more effective when more people take other COVID-19 precautions, too – such as social distancing and frequent handwashing. Altogether, these steps help bring down the risk of infection for entire communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic is going to take effort and all of us need to work together to bring about solutions. Medical Masks are an easy way you can pitch in – it’s doing your part to help fight COVID-19.

What Kind of Mask Should I Wear?

How to Wear Your Medical Mask Properly

  1. Wash your hands before putting on your Medical Mask.
  2. Place your mask over your mouth and nose, and secure it under your chin. Try to fit your Medical Mask snugly against the sides of your face.
  3. Bend nose piece into place.
  4. Avoid touching your Medical Mask, except by the straps.
  5. Try to keep a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. Mask wearing combined with social distancing is a super-powered combination.

Video from the WHO on how to wear a Medical Mask

When and Where Should I Wear a Medical Mask?

  • When you’re in public, especially around other people.
  • When you’re in private around people you don’t live with.

Wearing a Medical Mask in these settings is most effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus because it helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

Are There Any Situations Where Medical Masks Aren’t Recommended?

It’s not possible for everyone to wear a mask at all times in all situations. That’s why wearing a mask is not recommended for:

  • Kids less than 2 years old.
  • People who can’t put on or take off masks on their own.

In those situations where masks can’t be worn, there are still things you can do to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This includes social distancing (at least 6 feet between you and others), washing your hands often, and frequent disinfection of objects and surfaces.

 How Do I Take Care of My Medical Mask?

  1. Don’t touch your mask, except for taking it on and off. When you do take it on and off, handle only by the straps.

  1. Masks should not be reused and should be disposed of after each use (if possible)  

What Are Some Tips to Make Wearing a Medical Mask Easier?

Try to keep a small stash of Medical Masks in your car or office etc. Keeping fresh Medical masks in your backpack or purse can help. It’s also an easy way to share Medical Masks with others who might have forgotten theirs.

Consistent Medical Mask use is important. But it’s just one piece of the puzzle to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. It’s also important to practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and disinfect your home frequently. Stay safe, follow your local guidelines and be sure you are acquiring proper Medical PPE

*This article is not meant to be taken as medical advice. Please follow the advice of your local health authorities when making decisions about your own health and the people around you.
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