What is a mask
Face masks are a tool used to prevent the spread of disease. They may also be referred to as dental, isolation, laser, medical, procedural, or surgical masks. Face masks are loose-fitting masks that cover the nose and mouth and have loops, ties, or bands at the back of the head. There are many different brands and they come in different colors. It is important to use an FDA approved mask. Valved Face mask
What is a face mask used for?
Masks help limit the spread of germs. When someone talks, coughs, or sneezes, they can release tiny droplets into the air that can infect others. If someone is sick, masks can reduce the number of germs released by the user and can protect other people from getting sick. A mask also protects the user’s nose and mouth from splashes or sprays of body fluids.
When should a mask be worn?
Consider wearing a mask when sick with a cough or sneeze (with or without fever) and expect to be around other people. The mask will help protect them from getting your disease. Healthcare settings have specific rules about when people should wear face masks.
How to put on and take off a mask
Disposable masks must be used once and then thrown away. Masks should also be removed and replaced when they get wet.
Always follow the product instructions on how to use and store the mask, and the procedures on how to put on and take off the mask. If you do not have instructions for donning and doffing your mask, follow the steps below.
How to put on a mask
- Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
- Remove a mask from the box and make sure there are no obvious tears or holes on either side of the mask.
- Determine which side of the mask is the top. The side of the mask that has a rigid and flexible edge is the top and is designed to conform to the shape of your nose.
- Determine which side of the mask is the front. The colored side of the mask is usually the front and should be facing outward, while the white side touches your face.
- Follow the instructions below for the type of mask you are using.
- Mask with earmuffs: Hold the mask by the earmuffs. Put a bow around each ear.
- Mask with ties: Bring the mask to the level of your nose and place the ties on the crown of your head and secure with a tie.
- Banded Mask: Hold the mask in your hand with the nose piece or the top of the mask on your fingertips, allowing the headbands to hang freely under your hands. Bring the mask to the level of your nose and pass the top strap over your head so that it rests on the crown of the head. Pass the lower strap over your head so that it rests on the nape of your neck.
- Shape or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose.
- If you wear a mask with ties: then take the lower ties, one in each hand, and secure with a tie at the nape of the neck.
- Wipe the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.
How to remove a mask
- Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask. Avoid touching the front of the mask. The front of the mask is contaminated. Only touch the earloops / ties / earband. Follow the instructions below for the type of mask you are using.
- Mask with earmuffs: Hold both clips and gently lift and remove the mask.
- Mask with ties: untie the lower tie first, then untie the top tie and pull the mask outward while loosening the ties.
- Banded face mask: First lift the lower strap over your head and then pull the upper strap over your head.
- Throw the mask in the trash. Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.