Stephen: Face mask mistakes you may be making
The pandemic isn’t over and it’s still important to wear a face mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but not everyone wears their mask properly. A 2020 study from mask company Signs.com surveyed 1,000 mask owners about their mask-wearing habits, and found the most common mistakes people make with their masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people wash their hands before and after removing their face mask, but the study found 35 percent reported they do not wash their hands before putting on a mask, and about 44 percent admitted to taking off their mask without washing their hands first.
Other mistakes people are making: not washing their face after removing their mask; 25 percent admitted to sharing a face mask with someone else without washing it between uses; 44 percent admitted to wearing a disposable mask multiples times before throwing it away (they’re only effective for one day); about 41 percent admitted to trying to wash disposable masks meant for single-use purposes; and 79 percent admitted they do not wash their cloth face masks after each use. Other top tips: make sure you always wear your mask over both your nose and mouth, and you should store your clean masks in a dry, breathable bag (paper or mesh works well) until they are ready to be used.