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The top doctors in the world have all come out and said that there are specific precautions individuals can take to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19, keeping themselves as well as others in their community safe. Wearing a face mask and gloves are two of the most recommended precautions. However, in order for these measures to be as effective as possible, a face mask or covering and gloves must be worn in a particular way. Below, we delve into the proper way to use and wear face masks and gloves during the COVID-19 pandemic.
First thing’s first, you should wash your hands thoroughly (this means a minimum of 20 seconds with antibacterial soap and water) before putting your mask on. You only want to be handling your face mask with clean hands. Second, not all masks are created equal. Make sure you have one that is large enough to cover your nose, mouth, and chin. Ideally, you want to be wearing a mask that is fitted around your nose and chin in order to prevent anything from getting in or out. Once the mask is on your face, do your best not to touch it or adjust it. If you are touching your face or your face mask, you risk transmitting something on your hands that could cause harm.
When it comes to wearing gloves, make sure that you wash your hands and put on your face mask or covering, before putting your gloves on. To remove the gloves, the proper procedure is as follows: Take the gloves off and throw them in the garbage immediately, wash your hands, remove your face mask, and then wash your hands again. Gloves should be disposed of after each use, as should disposable masks. Reusable masks should be washed with detergent in the washer.
Overall, the best way to curb the spread of the virus is to stay home, limit contact with others, and wear personal protective equipment like face masks and gloves. In the event that someone in your household does contract COVID-19, learning basic first aid can help prepare you. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR.