Wearing a face mask is something we do every day at work, however we appreciate that this is something quite new and feels strange for many people. As it’s become mandatory to wear masks on public transport and in many shops, it something we need to get used to for the foreseeable future.
There are lots of types of face masks available to buy and many people make their own. We want to give some general advice and in particular how to wear a surgical mask.
See advice from Brightside’s Principal Dentist Ketan Shah
- Wash your hands with soap and water before placing a mask. If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitiser
- Hold the mask by the loops the correct way round (darker side outwards)
- Fully cover your nose, chin and mouth with the mouth
- Press the metal/thicker part around your nose
- When finished wearing, remove the masks by the loops
- Dispose of the mask in a bin
- Wash or sanitise your hands
- Have your nose uncovered when wearing the mask
- Have the mask upside down or back to front
- Touch the mask while it on where possible
- Reuse the mask if it has become contaminated
- Share the mask with someone else