Since the coronavirus outbreak, face masks are becoming more common place with people wanting the added feeling of protection against the virus. But with many of us having never used them before, you may not know not how to best use them.
We’ve got advice on all you need to know about face masks, from who should be wearing them, how to wear them correctly and where to get them from.
Who should be wearing a face mask?
The current advice from the government (1) is that face coverings are not compulsory, however if you can, try to wear a face mask or covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is difficult or not possible. This could be on public transport or in shops for example. The covering needs to cover both your mouth and nose. The government have also put together a guide on how to create your own face covering. To stay up to date with the latest advice on coronavirus, visit the government’s website.
The current advice from the World Health Organisation(2) suggests that you also need to wear a face mask if:
- You’re healthy and taking care of a person with coronavirus
- You’re showing symptoms of coronavirus. If you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, you still need to self-isolate even if you’re choosing to wear a mask around those you live with.
Please remember, masks are only effective when used alongside frequent hand washing and it’s important to know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
How to use a face mask correctly:
When using a face mask, it’s important to know how to use it correctly. The current advice from WHO(1) is:
- Before you put on a mask, clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- Cover your mouth and nose with the mask, and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask
- Avoid touching the mask while using it, if you do wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- Replace your mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and don’t re-use single-use masks
- To take your mask off, remove it from behind your head (don’t touch the front of the mask), discard it immediately in a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and water
Where can you buy face masks?
You can order them online from LloydsPharmacy.com to be delivered to you. Both the CovaFlu and W+Klincair masks are single use, so make sure you order enough for your needs.