The verdict is still out there if one should wear a mask. We all know that frontliners need to, similarly unwell people and caregivers. Due to the fact that the popular 3-ply surgical mask is in shortage globally, whether the general public wears a mask or not is voluntary.
There is no denying that wearing a surgical mask can prevent transmission of viruses. I started to wear a mask several years ago, when I was travelling on public transport from bus to train, plane and ferry. Even though I wore only a single-ply disposable mask or reusable fabric face mask, I could avoid catching the flu virus from fellow passengers.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, I upgraded my protection to the 3-ply surgical mask. I assumed I was wearing it correctly, with the wire across the bridge of my nose and the liquid-resistant layer facing outwards. The colour is usually green or blue but sometimes it is white, causing confusion to users.
Anyway, as said earlier, I thought I “knew” how to wear a surgical mask but thanks to this video below, I now know the correct way to put on a mask.
As you can see from the video, Dr Tan teaches us how to seal the face mask to prevent gaps. He also shares pointers on how to wear a mask if we are unable to find one of suitable size for kids. Remember, the mask should be worn using clean hands.
Let’s all do our part to flatten the curve of transmission. This COVID-19 pandemic is serious.