17:17 12th April 2020 | COVID-19
(CNN) -- There’s one thing you should know before diving into the conversation around masks: The public should not purchase surgical masks or N95 respirators. Health care workers are facing shortages and need those masks to treat coronavirus patients.
As such while face coverings are recommended, they are not mandatory. Homemade masks are also not a substitute for social distancing and staying in.
How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings
Cloth face coverings should—
• fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
• be secured with ties or ear loops
• include multiple layers of fabric
• allow for breathing without restriction
• be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
Some Simple Mask Rules:
By now you’ve figured out that wearing a mask is not as simple as all those TV doctors made it look. And in COVID-19 times, they don't come cheap when found. So here’s our guide to the wear and care of your new mask.
Check out this link for a video tutorial on How to make a DIY T-shirt face mask with ease!
FAQs on how to handle Custom-made masks
Q: Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
A: Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
Q: How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A: A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a cloth face covering.
Q: How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
A: Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their cloth face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
Whether you are wearing a face-covering or not, health regulatory bodies still recommend that you:
If you notice any of these respiratory symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
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