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Tips on Mask Wearing

  • Where to put your masks when you are eating?
  • How to wash your cloth face coverings?
  • Here are some mask-wearing life hacks for you.

Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic has forced much of the world to include this simple piece of protective wear (Face Mask) in their daily checklist when leaving the home.

1.  What to do when you need to adjust your mask?

Avoid Touching the outside of the Face Mask

Experts say you should avoid touching the outside of the mask as much as you can. 
Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have found that, at room temperature, the coronavirus (formally named Sars-Cov-2)  could remain on the outer layer of a surgical face mask for up to seven days. 
“The main issue about touching the mask is that the mask might be contaminated by virus so you might get virus on your hands,” said Keiji Fukuda, director at the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong. 
“If you do touch it, then as soon as possible, wash or sanitize your hands with an alcohol-based cleaner.”
Since it’s hard to resist touching the mask when you feel it sliding down our nose, you should bring a sanitizer when going out, and remember to clean your hands each time you adjust your masks. 

2.  How to prevent your glasses from getting foggy?

It’s normal for masks to make your glasses foggy as they are not 100% airtight, said Ivan Hung, a medical professor at the University of Hong Kong. 
Some strategies to combat foggy glasses are to tighten the mask around the back of the head or ensure the metal wire is molded around the nose bridge. 
If it doesn’t help, applying some anti-fog spray on the lenses may also help.

3. What to do with your mask when you are eating?

You should take off your mask while eating, instead of pulling it underneath your chin or leaving it hanging on one ear. 
Hong Kong’s medical sector lawmaker Dr Pierre Chan has suggested wrapping a used mask inside a piece of facial tissue if you need to take it off temporarily to eat or drink. 
When you need to put the mask back on, avoid touching its surface and discard the tissue. 
Restaurants sometimes offer envelopes to customers that are meant to be mask-storage containers during the meal. 

4.  How to wash fabric masks?

Do not reuse surgical masks. In late-January, Hong Kong experienced a minor debate about whether or not steaming a mask like a dumpling could allow people to reuse the product. Scientists have rejected the practice.
For reusable cloth masks, often sold in grocery stores, Dr Ho Pak-leung from the University of Hong Kong has recommended washing it with 1:99 diluted household bleach (mixing 1 part of 5.25% bleach with 99 parts of water) as well as soap.
After that, rinse the masks with water thoroughly to prevent allergies caused by the bleach.

5. How to prevent masks from causing pain to your ears?

Prevent Mask from causing Pain to your Ear
Many people have also complained of the straps of masks causing itching or pain to their ears. And internet users have shared their own tricks to solve the problem. 
Some said they wrapped bandages around the straps to ease the pain. Others have invented “ear savers” – simple devices that help tie the earloops behind one’s head.
Another option is to use masks with loops that go around your head instead of ears.


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