Surgical Masks were first introduced by doctors in the 1800s. They quickly became popular among a public eager to protect itself against the influenza pandemic of 1918.
Masks contain filters that prevent germs from being spread. A good quality surgical mask generally has a three-ply layer with the innermost white layer used for absorbing moisture, the middle layer is a filter, and outermost colored layer repels water.
For hygiene reasons, use disposable masks and replace them when they get moist. Masks can only be worn for a maximum of eight hours it is best to change them regularly so they can remain effective.Here are the correct ways to wear and properly dispose of a mask.
Hold the mask in your ear loops and then place them over your ears. The colored part of the mask is the non-absorbent layer and should be faced outside. While the white part, which is the absorbent inner layer, should be faced towards you.
Pinch the metal strip or stiff edge so it takes the shape of your nose bridge.
After pinching the metal strip in your nose bridge, pull the bottom of the surgical mask over your mouth and chin. Ensuring that it covers your mouth and nose.
Once the mask is soiled, remove it by holding the ear loops. Masks can only be worn for a maximum of eight hours and it is best to change them regularly so they can remain effective.
Dispose the soiled mask into the biodegradable bins.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after disposing the mask.