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Masking Do's & Don'ts: 901 Joint Mask Force's Top Tips

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

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Wearing masks are our new normal here in 2020. In Memphis, especially, we've done a pretty good job of wearing masks when we're out and about.

But even though everyone is mostly wearing masks, that doesn't mean that everybody knows the right way to wear a mask, clean masks, and store masks, which is why 901 Joint Mask Force is here to help you out.

Here are our top Masking Do's & Don'ts.

DON'T: Wear a Mask Under Your Nose

It is a commonly heard and important tip. Health officials stated that wearing your masks above your nose is the best way to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Your nose carries droplets, and if you have COVID-19 and don't know it, you could potentially spread the virus to someone else. So always make sure to your mask is tight and covering your nose and not under it.

DO: Wash Your Mask (If It's Reusable, Of Course)

Washing your masks, especially masks that are washable and reusable is essential. If you have fabric masks, it's best to throw them in the washer on the hottest setting with laundry detergent or hand wash them. If your mask has elastic bands, let them air dry rather than putting it in a dryer.

If you have disposable medical-style masks, then these can also be cleaned by being steamed or being left out in the sunlight for a period of time. It is not recommended that they be sprayed with any aerosol disinfectant (i.e. Lysol) as you could smell it the next time you use it.

If you regularly wear N95 masks or similarly made masks, it is best to clean these masks by boiling them at 260 degrees Fahrenheit or oven heating them at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. However, make sure to be extra careful with these method, as you could run the risk of contaminating your appliances.

Never reuse masks that are visibly soiled, dirty, broken, or worn out. In these cases, it's usually best to throw these masks away and invest in newer ones so they may keep you safe.

DON'T: Hang Your Mask on Your Rearview Car Mirror

We've all seen this when driving around and may have even done it ourselves. While it's great to have extra masks on you available at your convenience, placing them around your rearview mirror in your car is not recommended. Instead, it is best to store them in a brown bag or a plastic zip-lock bag so that it will keep the germs and bacteria out.

Not only is hanging the mask from your rearview mirror can spread germs, it can also be a safety hazard. It creates an extra blind spot or distraction.

While these do's and don'ts are just a small glimpse of the precautions you should be taking with your use of masks, remember to research for yourself the right precautions when it comes to all things masking.

Life's been a little different with these masks on our faces every day, but we'll get through this. Together.

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