How to Use a Medical Mask

How to Use a Medical Mask

Who Should Wear Medical Mask?

  • People with symptoms such as fever, cough, and breathing difficulties must wear a mask and refer to a medical institution immediately.
  • People who have been diagnosed with new coronavirus infection or who take care of someone under suspicion.
  • People who have been recommended home isolation and have to use common spaces of the house.
  • People who have to go out for any reason while at home isolation.
  • People who have to use common spaces while at home isolation.
  • People without symptoms of new coronavirus infection are not required to wear a medical mask.

How to Wear a Mask?

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before wearing a mask.
  • Wear the mask by placing the folded side of the mask is facing away from your face and the top metal strip above the bridge of your nose.
  • If the mask has elastic loops, wear the mask by pinching and pulling the elastic loops over and around the ears; if the mask has straps, first tie the bottom straps on the nape then the upper ones at the back of the head. So that the mask is prevented from being fall.
  • Ensure that the mask covers the nose, mouth and the chin completely with no gaps so that no air passage is allowed.

How to Remove a Mask?

  • The mask must be removed without touching the front part of the mask that covers the mouth and nose.
  • If the mask has elastic loops, remove the mask by pulling off the elastic loopsaround the ears; if the mask has straps, first untie the bottom straps on the nape then the upper ones at the back of the head. So that the mask is prevented from being fall.
  • Hold the mask from its elastic loops or straps and put it into a closed trash bin.
  • After removing the mask, hands must be cleaned with soap and water for 20 seconds. Where no soap and water, rub them off with alcohol-based hand antiseptics.
  • Using, wearing and removing the mask properly is extremely important.

Things to be Considered When Using a Mask

  • Never touch the front part of the mask that covers the mouth, nose, and chin. In case of any accidental touch, hands must be cleaned with soap and water or rubbed off with alcohol-based hand antiseptics.
  • if the mask becomes dirty, torn or moistened during its use, it must be replaced with a new one.
  • Never share the mask with another person.
  • Never use the mask again, even if it is considered not to be dirty.