In response to the global Coronavirus pandemic, the South African government has taken drastic measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 so that the national healthcare system is not overwhelmed. Part of this includes strict hygiene rules to be practiced when in public such as covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and washing your hands.
The newest edition to these rules is wearing a face mask. According to official rules set out by the government regarding level four of lockdown, the use of a mask when in public is mandatory.
Mandatory use of cloth masks (including home-made ones to cover nose and mask) and ensure hand hygiene when in public and at workplace. – South African government
But for many of us, the concept of wearing a mask is foreign. To ensure you are wearing and santising your face mask correctly, we have compiled some dos and don’ts.
Dos and don’ts of masks
Do wear a face mask that is comfortable and fits snugly. Ideally, the cloth mask should have three layers, which includes a mask.
Do avoid touching the front of the mask. If contaminated the virus can spread onto your hand and other surfaces.
Do wash your hands before putting on your mask and after removing it.
Do sanitise your face mask as per the manufacturing instructions. Generally, this would include soaking the mask and filter in hot water.
Do keep your mask in a sterilised environment when not in use.
Don’t remove your mask in public for any reason. This counteracts the effects of the mask.
Do make sure your mask is covering your nose and mouth at all times.
Do fact-check any information to prevent listening to fake news at this time. Mask, for example, won’t make you ill and can be worn for hours. However, it is recommended that you remove your mask as soon as you enter your home again.
Here is a video on mask dos and don’ts compiled by the South African government:
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