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Can Masks Protect You From the New Coronavirus?

With the new coronavirus taking the nation by storm, there are several things you should know regarding how to best prepare to ensure your safety. One of the most frequently asked questions regarding the virus is whether a face mask can actually protect you from it. Please continue reading to learn more about face masks, how to use them, and how effective they truly are at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

When do I need to use a mask?

If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of an individual who has the new coronavirus. However, if you are someone who is coughing, sneezing, or you feel unwell, you should absolutely wear a mask. The new coronavirus is primarily spread via droplets, which means that if you have the virus and cough out into the open without a mask, you may directly expose others to the virus. That being said, the mask is useless without knowledge of how to properly use and dispose of it.

Before putting your mask on, thoroughly wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds (alcohol-based sanitizers will also work). Next, cover your mouth and nose with the mask, and ensure there are no gaps between your face and the mask where droplets can get in. Once the mask is on, do not touch it. However, if for some reason you do, wash your hands or use the alcohol-based rub immediately. What’s more, if the mask is a single-use mask, do not reuse it–dispose of it in a closed bin after use. When you take your mask off, do not touch the front–take it off from the back, and then clean your hands once more either with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based rub. If you suspect at any point that you are ill, ensure you call your local health authority immediately. Though these are uncertain times, our firm is here to assure you that we will get through them together.