Importance of The Right Fabric Mask
August 30, 2020
As we all know by now how important it is to wear a mask to avoid the chances of being infected by Covid-19.
But how do you know if your fabric mask is the right one.
It’s very simple, just do a check list for your fabric mask, it does not matter if you bought one from the market of stitched one at home.
Right Fabric Mask should:
- Fit tightly but comfortably against the side of your face.
- Must be safely secured with strings or ear loops.
- Always include multiple layers of fabrics for filtration.
- Breathing should be comfortable without any difficulty.
- You should be able to be wash the fabric mask without damaging them or distorting its shape.
While removing your face mask, make sure you do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash your hands after removing your face mask. Make sure to wash and dry your masks regularly. Ideally it should be everyday to be safe.
We are moving to the new normal in our lives of wearing face masks, this may take a little time getting used to them, but they are worth the small trouble, knowing they can help members of our community stay healthy and protect us as well.
Hand hygiene does play an integral role but to keep the public safe social distancing and the wearing of cotton masks by the public are extremely vital.
Did you know the viral droplets can spread greater than 6 feet. For example, a cough can travel 12 feet and that droplets can linger in the air for as long as 3 mins. A sneeze can even travel farther, 23 to 27 feet.
Even speech can throw out viral particles which stay in the air for 8 to 14 minutes and it is known that aerosolized viral particles can live in the air for up to 3 hours.
As we all know now that we can somewhat control the spread of the disease and limit it in certain areas rather than a complete country lock down.
Kids Have a Different Reaction to Masks
How kids react to seeing masks mainly depends on their age. Older kids might seem like no big deal. Most are able to adjust pretty quickly. Some kids may even be eager to wear a mask.
Some young kids may feel upset or afraid. Parents just need to calm them.
Some Young Kids Feel Scared of Masks
Masks hide part of a person’s face. Young children rely on faces. From the time they are babies, young children look at faces for the signals they need to feel safe. When faces are partly hidden by masks, kids can’t see the friendly smile or familiar look that usually puts them at ease. When kids can’t see the person’s whole face, it’s harder to feel safe.
Parents Can Help Kids Wear a Mask
Masks or cloth face coverings on both adults and kids can help slow the spread of the virus.
Ways to help kids wear masks when you are out and about:
- Help kids get used to masks. Teach them how to put them on and take them off
- Push kids to decorate their mask. This could help them feel it belongs to them and they will take care of it.
- Make them together. If you make masks or cloth face coverings at home, help them to make them and make it fun.
Have a few masks handy while kids are playing. This will allow them to use their imagination about how to use them during playtime.
Stay safe! Protect others and yourself. Wear a mask.