How to use a mask properly:
1.Before using a cloth mask, you will need to boil it in hot water at a temperature of more than 60 degrees for at least one minute to kill any germs and sanitise it.
2. Before putting the mask on, wash your hands thoroughly with soap or hand gel with a high alcohol content.
3.Once you have fitted your mask, do not remove and refit to your face without washing your hands in between. After removal, be careful not to touch the surface of the mask.
4.When removing the mask, use your pinkies to unhook the strings from your ears whilst ensuring that you avoid touching the surface; as can be seen in this picture.
5.After each use of the mask, wash your hands immediately with soap or hand gel. Please wash the mask by hands immediately, too. It can be washed with either soap or washing powder. Do not wash the mask in a washing machine as it is likely to shrink, and make sure it is completely dry before using.
Why is wearing cloth mask useful in these difficult circumstances?
Masks do not protect you from Covid-19 but will help block the transfer of viruses from infected persons to your nose and mouth.
There is currently a worldwide shortage of disposable masks and, despite not being as effective, it is recommended that this kind of cloth mask is used by the general public to ensure that disposable ones remain available to medical staff. Additionally, using these cloth masks plays an important role in stopping the spread of Covid-19, which is an invisible virus that can infect some people without them even realising. As such, for people who present no obvious symptoms, this mask will help prevent spreading the virus whilst outside of the house. If everyone were to wear a mask, it may only have a minor impact in reducing the risk but it is much better than doing nothing. We can all play a part in, at least, reducing the risk of infection to others.
How to make a cloth mask by myself?
I hope that this mask will give you a sense of confidence in these very difficult circumstances.