The new normal has certainly turned everyone’s life inside out.
The world is predominantly breathing through a filtered respirator. The most sinister part of this sci-fi novel that’s unraveling is the overwhelming uncertainty of it all. No one knows the date, month, or year when we’ll catch our breath without the use of face masks.
The pandemic we are living in requires us to protect ourselves and others. Wearing masks is the most effective way to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our reality must be to adjust to new rules and guidelines calling for protective gear.
Fashion is a form of expression often used to demonstrate personal style or make a
statement. As masks become a necessity to citizens of the world, people are increasingly creative in using them. But it is important to remember the main goal of using these protectors is prevention.
It is crucial to educate yourself on proper care to reduce infection risks when using the various masks. First things first, a major prevention tip to keep in the forefront at all times. Avoid touching your mask, and if you touch it, wash your hands with soap and water. Some people may not be aware that a simple touch can transfer coronavirus particles. Even removing or disposing of your mask should be done with extreme caution.
In the pandemic’s initial phase, we would use a mask and throw it out, but new information from experts indicates it is possible to re-use a mask safely. We can maximize the life of it and do so in a way that does not risk anyone’s health.
However, there are a few things you should do as you navigate this new normal of living in a masked world.
- Check your mask regularly. Make sure there are no tears, worn out areas that sacrifice its filtering capability. You want optimum protection, starting with a product that is dependable and sturdy is key.
- Remain cautious when removing and storing the mask. Ear straps should be taken off carefully with little contact, as possible. Store items and place them in a separate container or area, as you want to make sure it gets proper ventilation. It is not recommended that you wipe down the mask with a disinfectant. Wiping it can ingrain particles in the fabric, then you would be breathing the stuff in, better off airing out for a day or two.
- Having a few masks and alternating use is recommended to allow them to “decontaminate” between wears.
It appears that masks will be necessary indefinitely, not only to defend ourselves from the harmful virus that society has encountered.
These protectors will also serve a good deed for our fellow citizens. The CDC has stated that a combination of wearing masks, social distancing, and lots of handwashing is the best preventive measure that individuals can take to defend themselves and others against their health.
Let’s be respectful, considerate, and make an effort to educate ourselves, helping make an impact on the health of our communities.