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#SocialDistancing https://hashtagsocialdistancing.com Face Masks and Apparel Sun, 05 Jul 2020 23:02:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://hashtagsocialdistancing.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-Hashtag-Social-Distancing-Logo_favicon-with-bg-32x32.png #SocialDistancing https://hashtagsocialdistancing.com 32 32 176898842 How to Wear a Cloth Face Mask https://hashtagsocialdistancing.com/how-to-wear-a-cloth-face-mask/ Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:59:29 +0000 https://hashtagsocialdistancing.com/?p=238 The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that the general public wear cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Of course with any tool there’s a right way and a wrong way to use it. It’s also important to remember that a face mask is only one component in an overall strategy […]

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The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that the general public wear cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Of course with any tool there’s a right way and a wrong way to use it. It’s also important to remember that a face mask is only one component in an overall strategy to stay safe from COVID-19. So how should a face mask be worn? Don’t worry it’s super easy! In this post we’ll review the CDC’s instructions for wearing your face mask. Let’s get to it!

The Correct Way to Wear Your Face Mask

Wearing your face mask correctly begins even before you put it on. The CDC highlights 4 points to wearing it correctly. First, wash your hands before putting on your face mask. This keeps you from possibly contaminating it. Second, when you put it on make sure it’s over your nose and mouth and secure under your chin. Next, get it as snugly against the sides of your face as you can. This helps to keep air from coming in unfiltered around the sides of the mask. Finally, make sure you can breathe easily.

Use Your Face Mask to Protect Others

Wearing a face covering helps to protect others in case you’ve been infected but are asymptomatic. Make sure to keep the mask on the whole time you are in public. Though it may be tempting don’t put the mask around your neck or on your forehead. Try not to touch the mask but if you do wash your hands.

Take Other Precautions Everyday

It’s important to remember that the face mask is only one component in an overall strategy to stay safe. Even with a mask it’s important to remember to stay at least 6 feet away from others. Try to avoid contact with anyone who is sick. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time with soap and water. If soap and water isn’t available use hand sanitizer.

Carefully Remove Your Face Mask When You’re Home

When removing your face mask handle it only by the ear loops or ties. Fold the outside corners together. Now put it in the washing machine. We have a post about how to wash your face mask here. Make sure to not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose when taking off your mask and wash your hands right away.

Conclusion

That’s it. It can take some time to get into the habit of going through all the steps of properly wearing your face mask. It helps to remember though that everything we do to reduce the spread of COVID-19 helps to keeps ourselves and those around us safer.

Stay safe out there!

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How to wash a face mask https://hashtagsocialdistancing.com/how-to-wash-a-face-mask/ Wed, 17 Jun 2020 20:35:38 +0000 https://hashtagsocialdistancing.com/?p=244 The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that the general public wear cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They say that face coverings should be washed after each use. So how should a face mask be washed? Don’t worry it’s super easy! In this post we’ll review the CDC’s instructions for […]

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The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that the general public wear cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They say that face coverings should be washed after each use. So how should a face mask be washed? Don’t worry it’s super easy! In this post we’ll review the CDC’s instructions for washing your face mask. Let’s get to it!

Machine Washing

This is the most convenient method especially since they say you can wash your face mask along with your regular laundry. You can use your normal laundry detergent but they do recommend that you use the warmest water setting appropriate for the cloth used to make the face mask. That’s it, pretty simple!

Hand Washing

The CDC recommends using a bleach solution to hand wash your face mask. It’s easy to make by just mixing either 5 tablespoons of household bleach with 1 gallon of room temperature water. You can make a smaller batch by mixing 4 teaspoons of household bleach with 1 quart of room temperature water.

Something that you will want to check for is to make sure that the bleach that you use is intended for disinfection. Not all bleaches are. Also make sure not to use the bleach past its expiration date. Since bleach used for disinfection generally isn’t color safe it could bleach the color out of your mask.

Drying

The CDC really emphasizes the importance of completely drying your cloth face mask. You can use your dryer to dry it and make sure to use the highest heat setting. Alternatively you can let it air dry. Simply lay it out flat and allow it to completely dry, preferably in direct sunlight.

Conclusion

That’s all there is to it. If you choose to machine wash and dry your face mask you can keep it clean with just a couple of minor adjustments to your regular routine. Even if you decide to hand wash and air dry it you can get it done simply and easily in just a few minutes.

Happy mask washing!

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