Correct use of masks: use, getting rid of and reusing

A problematic aspect in reference to the use of masks as a protection measure is that, if they are not used properly, they can have more negative than positive consequences. Not surprisingly, the mask is the barrier that stands between the virus, already infected patients and potential infected. In that small box of protective material is where the threat would be trapped if present. Click here for Sports Facemasks.

Precisely for this reason, the World Health Organization was more forceful from the beginning when stating that without regular hand hygiene, the use of masks would never be 100% effective. This is because, unconsciously, we touch our mouth, nose and eyes more often than we think. With these movements over which we have no control we would only be spreading the possible contamination of the mask to other parts of the body or to other surfaces. Visit this site for Basketball Face Masks.

The keys to the correct use of the mask

  • Handle the mask by touching only the side straps that fit over the ears or head.
  • Make sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth simultaneously.
  • Do not touch the mask while you are wearing it.

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Getting rid of mask

The basic masks (hygienic and surgical) are not recycled. After use, you should throw them in a bag apart from the rest of the garbage and dispose of them in the gray container of ‘remains’, the one to which everything that is not recyclable goes. If you have evidence of an infection, both the masks used and the gloves must be placed and closed in several different and independent bags from the rest of the garbage before depositing them in the corresponding container.

Reusing masks

  • Reusable masks should be washed at 60 or 90ºC.
  • Always wash your hands well after handling the mask.