Recently the CDC advised that people should wear masks when making any essential trips out. This is above what the WHO had been advising for cloth mask use for the public, but in these uncertain times an abundance of caution seems appropriate.
But when it comes to these cloth masks, how are we supposed to handle those safely?
There are some simple tips to follow posted by both agencies.
The WHO says:
- Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
- Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
- To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
The CDC says cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
If you still need help the popular Podcasters and Youtubers the McElroy Family uploaded a video featuring one of their family who is a practicing Doctor to walk you through the process from start to finish.
Again, you’re really only supposed to be going out for the purposes of essential services, or the occasional quick solo trip around the neighborhood. Please do not for any reason go spend time with others who do not live in your residence with you.
If we are all practicing our quarantine safety we can get through this quicker than if some of use continue to act irresponsibly. Be smart, be safe, wash your hands, keep your distance.