A guide for people new to wearing masks

One of the rules imposed by the coronavirus pandemic is the requirement to wear a mask when out in public. Since this is a new concept for almost everyone, there is little common knowledge in regards to masks and their usefulness.

Despite the inherent simplicity of the concept, there are many different types of masks and methods of improving them. 

A mask’s job is to block the germs going in and out of a person’s mouth and nose. A virus from external places will have a tougher time entering, and germs released from a cough will be prevented from getting too far from the origin. When buying or creating a mask, it is important to make sure that it will be effective as a prevention tool.

When making your own mask, find the best available material. What the mask is made of will determine how well it blocks virus-filled droplets. Some of the more useful materials include denim, paper towel, and sheets or pillowcases. Try to avoid cotton products because that material is too breathable. 

It is important to make sure to use two layers of material for your mask to further assist in virus blockage.

One of the keys is to keep the mask breathable. Tight masks will stop anything from slipping through the spaces, but will, in turn, make it harder to breathe. Make sure your mask is comfortable, especially for people with respiratory issues.

The most essential aspect of the mask is to make sure it fits your face. A mask that blocks off most of the mouth and nose without needing to be tightened too much is ideal.