Until today it was optional for us to wear face masks in public. We were told, repeatedly, that there was no clear evidence of their ability to stop the spread of coronavirus; and anyway, alarming reports of a shortage of PPE for key workers meant the high-grade masks that were available were needed elsewhere.
Food vendors, commercial vehicle drivers, commuters on public transports, and every other facility accessible to the public have been subjected to compulsory wearing of nose masks, following the constant increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the country.
I believe the coronavirus has redefined our way of life in times like this, that is the new normal until a vaccine and cure are find.
Wearing a face mask will help prevent the spread of infection and prevent the individual from contracting any airborne infectious germs. When someone coughs, talks sneezes they could release germs into the air that may infect others nearby. Face masks are part of an infection control strategy to eliminate cross-contamination.
How should your face mask be worn?
- Always wash your hands with soap and water before touching the face mask.
- Remove mask from the dispenser or box and make sure the masks do not have any holes or tears.
- Make sure you determine which side is the top and which is the front of the mask, so you can properly wear the mask.
- Face masks with ear loops: hold by the ear loops and put the loops around each ear.
- Face masks with ties: bring a mask to your nose and place the ties over your head to secure with a tie.
- Face masks with bands: hold the mask to your nose and pull the top strap over the crown of your head and pull the bottom strap over your head so its at the nape of your neck.
- Pull the mask over your mouth and chin