Today's talk of the globe is 'vaccine'. People are very excited and also confused about their happiness on this issue! Although we are aware of at least 6 vaccines around the world, but unconfident about their exact efficacy and duration. Well, whether we administer vaccines or not; there is no compromise with the 'face mask'. This is an essential tool to achieve a 'COVID - combat life'. Unfortunately, a lot of people still do not give importance to this. As well as we need to know – 'When should we replace our COVID-19 Mask'?
It is said that if you can blow out a candle through your face mask, it is too thin to be effective. Another option is to blow through the mask and see if you feel your breath. Mask materials can become thinner the more you wash them, and thinner fabric provides a weaker barrier to the transmission of COVID-19.
Although all face masks are not made the same, but to preserve a mask, it is important to wash it correctly. At the same time, we also need to recognize carefully when they've reached the end of their lifespan.
If you have been wearing your mask for a while and the fit is starting to loosen - especially if the mask no longer securely covers your nose and mouth - it must be replaced. Our masks need to fit securely under the chin, across the cheeks and around the nose; that is, it should not have any gaps at all. It is important to look out for the mask's straps that keep it in place; if these ties become loose or stretched, we need to stop using it straight away; otherwise we could be putting ourselves and others in danger of COVID.
With this in mind, it is always important to look out for the signs that our masks are no longer safely filtering out the respiratory droplets that carry the virus. But remember always, washing hands before/after using 'mask' is more important than just wearing a mask. And time to time you need to take off your mask for oxygen.