Tips

How to wear

face mask correctly

Our face mask adopt a three-layer design which includes an outer fluid-repelling layer, a middle layer serves as a barrier to germs, and an inner moisture-absorbing layer.

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Step 1

the 2 coloured side/the side with folds facing downwards of the face mask should face outwards with the metallic strip uppermost

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Step 2

Position the elastic bands around both ears.

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Step 3

Extend the face mask to fully cover mouth, nose and chin

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Step 4

Mould the metallic strip over nose bridge and the face mask should fit snugly over the face

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Step 5

When taking off, hold both the ear loops and take-off gently from face

Avoid touching the outside of face mask during taking-off as it may be covered with germs. After taking off the mask, discard in a lidded rubbish bin and perform hand hygiene immediately.

Change mask timely. In general, face mask should not be reused. Replace the mask immediately if it is damaged or soiled.

Common face mask use mistakes!

1. A mask is worn upside down, only over the nose, not pulled under the chin, or worn only over the mouth, leaving the nose exposed. Even the best mask won’t protect if worn incorrectly.

2. A user constantly touching and fiddling with the mask’s surface, which cross-contaminates fingers and subsequent surfaces.

3. Pulling a face mask under the chin for conversation or eating, and then putting the mask back up again.

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4. Reusing or recycling masks. This has been a common and dangerous emerging practice.

5. Wearing the same mask for too long. The length of time that a face mask could be safely worn depends on the number of people a user has been around. The longer a mask has been worn around others, the more concentrated the infectious load becomes. A face mask should never be worn longer than a day.

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6. Used masks are not disposed off quickly and appropriately. Used masks have a build-up of potentially infectious particulates that could include coronavirus and other pathogens, and if left around, they can cross-contaminate previously clean areas.

7. Using a counterfeit face mask. There are many masks that look similar, made of cheap materials that do not meet the standard and do not provide an adequate barrier against disease.

8. Relying on N95 masks. Even a healthy and fit adult could find wearing an N95, if put on correctly, difficult to breath after an hour or so of use. A lot Individual likely would have a very hard time using an N95 mask even for a short time. Wearers may take it off for a break which would reduce its protection. Children and infants are also generally not appropriate candidates for wearing N95 as the risk of suffocation is higher.