5 Mistakes People Make When Wearing Masks!

5 Mistakes People Make When Wearing Masks!

In the Age of Corona, everyone is invited to the Masked Ball. Though all too many, at least here in Telluride, are showing up to the party mask-less. And sadly, even those with the best of intentions are (unknowingly) wearing their face-coverings incorrectly, so we curated this helpful piece from Yahoo News to maximize the goal of safety (for yourself and others).

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Face masks have become part of the new normal uniform in America following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that people wear them in public. But simply wearing one doesn’t necessarily mean you’re protected ― or protecting anyone else.

Masks are meant to help prevent you from accidentally spreading or catching an infectious disease that, like COVID-19, is believed to primarily spread through respiratory droplets. Since 25% of people infected with the novel coronavirus may not be experiencing symptoms, according to an estimate from CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield, everyone is encouraged to wear masks to protect others while in public.

“We know that there are people that are asymptomatic that could spread the virus before they have symptoms. I think we need to work under the concept that anyone you run into could potentially infect you,” said Thomas Russo, the chief of the infectious disease division at the University of Buffalo. “That is the ugly reality of this epidemic.”

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, you need to put on your mask the right way and avoid making these simple yet consequential mistakes:

MISTAKE 1: Your face mask only covers your mouth.

If you are wearing your mask low so it only covers your mouth, you’re doing it wrong, and you risk becoming ill or making someone else ill.

“We often breathe partially or completely through our nose, and you can [become infected] by breathing viral particles,” Russo said. “Likewise, if you’re infected and your mask is down just covering your mouth, if you sneeze … then you can generate respiratory droplets in that fashion.”

If your nose is not covered by the mask, you also risk contamination from the mask itself, which collects germs and droplets on its exterior.

“If the nostrils are peeking out above the mask and the external edge of the mask is rubbing against the nostrils, cross-contamination could occur from the mask to the nose,” said Lucy Wilson, the chair of the department of emergency health services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

MISTAKE 2: Your mask comes in contact with your body or your stuff…

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