Why And How Should You Wear A Face Mask?

What Is The Purpose of A Face Mask?

In the wake of COVID-19, there was a surge in the need to protect oneself from the virus. Several social distancing measures and norms came up. These norms and methods were suggested and also legally enforced in several cases, such as the wearing of face masks.

Face masks are useful not just to protect yourself but also to protect the others around you. A face mask can help stop the spread of infection and shield the wearer from any airborne infectious microorganisms. 

Someone’s coughing, talking, or sneezing might release viruses into the air that could infect those around. Face masks are a component of an infection control plan to stop cross-contamination.

What Is The Correct Way To Wear A Face Mask?

Always wash your hands with soap and water before touching the face mask, just in case. The mask must be taken out of the dispenser or box, and it must be checked for tears or holes. So that you can wear the mask properly, be careful to identify which side is the top and which is the front of the mask.

In the event that the face mask has ear loops, grasp the loops and wrap one loop around each ear. If a face mask has ties, put it up to your nose and cross them over your head to fasten them. 

The top strap of a face mask with bands must be pulled over the crown of your head, and the bottom strap must be pulled over your head to the nape of your neck. The mask must be held to your nose. Pull the mask up over your lips and chin, completely hiding them.

Affordability of Masks

While masks are an important part of safety from COVID-19, it is also a glaring concern that there exists a shortage of masks in underdeveloped areas and masks may not be affordable to everyone.

NGOs carry out free mask initiatives to solve this issue. In low-income regions, NGOs are working to provide masks at no or reduced cost to as many people as possible. Fikrah also provides free masks to children and older people free of costs.