All You Need to Know About Wearing Disposable Masks
By now, a mask has become part of many people's daily routine.
Grab your phone, grab your keys, grab your mask. And although some of us opt for a cloth mask, many keep a supply of disposable masks so it's easier to remember. In fact, many employers and businesses provide disposable masks to customers and employees.
Yet, even a year into mask-wearing reality, questions about their proper use remain.
Can I reuse a disposable mask? Does it need to cover my mouth? How long can I wear a disposable mask? We'll answer these questions and more in this post.
Why is mask use needed?
The Center for Disease Control recommends wearing masks as a barrier against coronavirus. They block respiratory droplets from moving from person to person. Studies prove masks reduce droplet spray when they're worn to cover the nose and mouth.
Can you reuse a disposable mask?
The CDC doesn't recommend using disposable surgical masks more than once. So far, there hasn't been a widespread shortage of surgical masks for the general public. Wearers should discard a mask if it's damaged, soiled, or difficult to breathe through.
If I'm in a pinch, can I re-use a disposable mask?
It's not advisable, but it beats going without a mask. Be sure not to touch it, which could transfer virus particles to your hands. Remove the mask with care to touch only the straps, and store it in a brown paper sack until next use.
Is it okay if I pull my mask down below my nose?
Masks should cover the mouth and nose at all times to protect users and those they interact with. Proper coverage and social distancing are critical to prevent spreading the virus. Also, wash your hands before and after touching or adjusting your mask.
What are masks made of?
A good mask should have three layers of fabric:
INNER: absorbant material (cotton works well)
MIDDLE: Non-woven, non-absorbent material (polypropylene is a common choice)
OUTER: More non-absorbent material (such as polyester or polyester blend)
If I wear a mask, should I still maintain social distance?
Yes, and you should limit close contact with others, anything less than 6 feet between you. Especially where it's not easy to maintain social distance, be sure to wear your mask. Use touchless options for shopping and other activity when possible.
When should I wear a mask?
Any time you leave the house and are around people you do not live with, you should wear a mask. Always wear one when traveling by bus, plane, train, or other public transportation. Children ages 2 and older should wear them in public when they're around those who don't live with them.
Where can I get quality disposable masks?
United Sewing Automation manufactures high-quality, three-layer disposable masks in North Carolina. They come with built-in nosepieces for best comfort and fit. Right now, get FREE shipping with orders of $16.99 or more. Check out United Sewing Automation's lineup of masks and place an order today.