Face Mask How-To: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Putting on a Mask

In a matter of weeks, more than 40 million masks were made in response to COVID-19. 

With more people putting on a mask, there should be more emphasis on how to wear them properly to ensure people understand how to fully protect themselves from COVID-19. 

Incorrectly wearing a mask can lead to germs and particles entering the airways. In turn, this can lead to a higher risk of getting COVID-19. It can also lead to other people getting sick, especially if you're asymptotic. 

In order to ensure the best production from your face mask during the pandemic, avoid these 5 mistakes when wearing a mask: 

1. Nose Isn't Covered

Viruses can enter through the nose, mouth, and eyes. That's why it's important to wear a mask so you can prevent germs from entering your nose. 

In addition, wearing a mask to cover your nose is important because it can prevent others from getting your germs when you sneeze. When you wear a mask, ensure that the entire nose is covered and that the mask pinches on the nose bridge. 

2. Mouth Isn't Covered

Another mistake people make when wearing a mask is that the mouth isn't fully covered. 

If your mouth is exposed at any point, you are wearing your mask incorrectly. The purpose of the mask is to reduce the transmission of droplets and infection. If your mouth isn't covered, not only do you expose yourself to intercepting germs from others, but you can also expose those around you to droplets and germs that leave your own mouth through talking, sneezing, coughing, etc. 

3. It Fits Too Tightly

If a mask fits too tightly, it can become uncomfortable. When a mask doesn't fit comfortably, people are more likely to take it off for relief. 

If you take off your mask due to discomfort, then the entire purpose of the mask is defeated. The key to keeping on your mask for propper protection is to purchase a mask built for extended wear and comfort. 

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4. It Fits Too Loosely

Another mistake when wearing a mask is that it fits too loosely. Wearing it loosely can cause air particles to be released from or enter into your airways, which can lead to a higher risk of infection. 

5. Your Hands Aren't Clean When You Put On Your Mask

Lastly, you should always wash your hands when putting on your mask. 

Failing to wash your hands before putting on your mask can contaminate your mask, potentially causing a higher risk of infection. 

If you want to avoid this mistake, you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before putting on your mask. If you can't wash your hands, you should at least sanitize them with hand sanitizer. 

Why Putting On a Mask Can Protect You

Putting on a mask properly can protect you and lower the risk of getting COVID-19. It can also help prevent others around you from getting sick. 

Overall, these five mistakes can give you insight on how you can best protect yourself and others by wearing a mask correctly. 

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