Face Masks – Dos and don’ts
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published new advice for the public on when and how to wear masks safely.
The guidance covers fabric masks and medical masks, describing who should wear what type of mask and when.
Face coverings have become mandatory in some shops and supermarkets in England. In terms of the law, in England, people are required to wear face coverings:
- on public transport
- in airports, rail and tram stations, ports, bus and coach stations and terminals
- in shops and supermarkets
- at indoor shopping centres
- in banks, building societies and post offices.
Some key points for fabric masks include the following.
- Clean hands before touching your mask.
- Inspect the mask for damage or dirt.
- Adjust the mask to your face without leaving gaps on the sides.
- Cover your mouth, nose and chin.
- Avoid touching the mask.
- Clean your hands before removing the mask.
- Remove the mask by taking off the straps behind the ears or head and then pull the mask away from your face.
- Store the mask in a clean plastic, resealable bag if it is not dirty or wet and you plan to re-use it.
- Remove the mask by the straps when taking it out of the bag.
- Wash the mask in soap or detergent, preferably with hot water, at least once a day.
In addition, the WHO has advised the public of the following Don’ts with regard to fabric masks.
Don’t use a mask that looks damaged.
Don’t wear a loose mask.
Don’t wear your mask under the nose.
Don’t remove the mask where there are people within a metre.
Don’t use a mask that is difficult to breathe through.
Don’t wear a dirty or wet mask.
Don’t share your mask with others.
With thanks to The World Health Organization (WHO)
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