from The NY Times
how to get the most out of your mask
Wearing a mask protects you and others from Covid-19. Here are some tips to get the most out of your mask:
Exercise care when donning your mask
Choose the right mask for you
- Always wash your hands first.
- Don't touch the fabric part of the mask. Use the ear loops or ties to secure your mask and to remove it.
- If your mask has pleats, the folded side should be down.
Fit your mask properly
- Pick a mask with at least two layers.
- Hold your mask up to the light to see how much light gets through. The less light, the better.
- Skip masks with respirator valves. It won't protect others and it may not protect you.
- Shop around to find a comfortable, breathable mask. The best mask is the one that you will wear.
Keep your glasses clear
- The mask should cover your face from the bridge of your nose to under your chin. It should stretch about halfway or more toward your ears with no gaps.
- Pull the ties and loops so that it fits as snugly as possible against your face.
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- Try to seal the top of your mask. Some masks have built-in, bendable metal strips that you can mold to the bridge of your nose. Medical tape can also help.
- Try an anti-fog treatment for lenses. A wash with soapy water has also been shown to help.
- Pull your mask up under your glasses, so the weight of the frames holds it down.
Prevent skin irritation
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- Consider the type of mask you wear. Cotton masks may be a bit more breathable.
- Stop using makeup under the mask. No one sees your skin under there anyway.
Care for your mask
Everything you need to know about mask use
- Medical masks were designed for one-time use, but if you let them air dry for 24 hours you can re-use them.
- Wash fabric masks with soap and water. Keep a few fabric masks handy and rotate them so you only have to wash them once a week. Detergents and bleach may degrade your mask.
- If the elastic stretches, the fabric starts wearing thin or the mask stops fitting properly, it’s time for a new mask.
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