Do Face Masks Really Provide Protection Against Viruses?

But how much protection do face masks really provide?

What you need to remember while using masks

  • Always wash or sanitize your hands properly before putting your mask on. You need to wash or sanitize your hands after taking off your mask too.
  • Now place your mask over your mouth and nose.
  • Next, use the ear loops in the mask to tie it/place it from behind your head.
  • Always remember, you should not touch your mask at any time when you’re wearing it. If you accidentally do touch it, don’t panic and quickly sanitize your hands before touching any other place.
  • In case your mask becomes soiled, carefully dump it in a closed waste-box and switch to a new, clean mask.
  • Do remember that while removing the mask, you should not touch the front of it. Simply untie it from the back and dump it. Wash or sanitize your hands right after.
  • When using reusable masks, always wash them well using soap and water.

When should masks not be used?

  • If someone has trouble breathing or has fallen unconscious, don’t put a mask on that person under any circumstance. This may aggravate their breathing trouble and worsen the situation.
  • Children under 2 years of age should not be required to wear masks.
  • Never consider masks to be an alternative for social distancing. These two things must be followed simultaneously and not one over another.

The new normal

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