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Why Face Mask is Important??

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Everything you want to know about facemasks:

Masks are made from different types of fabric. Masks provide a barrier to help to prevent respiratory droplets from spreading into the air. One should wear a mask to protect others in case you are infected by Virus. Masks also help protect ourselves from an infected person.

Does mask help to prevent the spread of Covid -19??

As we all know, Covid-19 is transmitted from respiratory droplets.

When that person coughs, sneezes, or talks or spits, these droplets settle down in the mouth, nose, or eyes (lacrimal glands) and hair of the people, who are nearby or when inhaled through the nose and lungs.

Masks are meant to provide a simple step barrier to prevent respiratory droplets to spread into


Do we require social Distancing while wearing masks?

To prevent oneself from Covid-19, wearing a mask, washing hands again and again as well as

social distancing is important. Isolation is also one of the keys to stopping spreading the virus.

Which type of mask can be helpful??

There are various types of masks-

Medical Masks

They are also known as Surgical Masks.

Made up of Nonwoven fabrics.

These are three-layered masks and mainly used by Health care professionals.

These are not washable/reusable.

These need to discarded safely after 8 hours of continuous use.

Fabric Masks

They are also known as Non- Medical masks.

They should be made up of cotton fabric.

For protection from Covid-19, they need to be 3 layered.

They can be washed and used again.

Must be washed with detergent powder and soap after every use.

Need to be completely dried before using washed masks.

N95 Respirator-

This is made up of polypropylene material.

Should be used by health care professionals who directly come into contact with infected patients.

Not for routine use of the public.

Do's and don'ts with masks - (According to WHO)


Use a separate bag for storing the mask when you are out.

Wash fabric masks after every use.

Remember to wash your hands after removing and storing masks.

Keep used mask out of reach of children.


Don't pull the mask below your nose.

Don't leave your chin exposed.

Don't pull mask below the chin.

Don't touch the surface of the mask while wearing a used mask.

Don't wear loose masks.

Don't wear dirty, damaged torn masks.

Don't share masks.

Where to use masks-

While going to Public places where social Distancing is not possible.

If Covid -19 is widely spread in your area, it is a must to wear a mask.

While interacting with a person sitting near you.

If you are not in a well-ventilated area or in a closed room or in an AC room

When you are taking treatment for flu.

While going in crowded areas.

When it is not needed to wear masks-

If you are at home and no one is infected by Covid.

If you are able to keep a 1-meter social distance from each other all the time.

While driving alone in the car.

Disposal of the Masks-

Various kinds of bacteria, viruses, and germs can survive on the surface of the mask. They can survive few hours to some days.

So do not throw used masks in public areas, like parks, workplaces, temples, lift, open dustbins, etc.

It can be picked up by anyone and it will help to spread infection.

Masks should be treated as medical waste. Keep the used mask in a zip lock bag and then throw it in medical waste. Wash hands properly after disposal.

So, Masks are very important. It's a tiny thing but very useful for the prevention of the Covid - 19.

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