Health Matters

Refresher Course: Proper Mask Wearing

Guest: Dr. Ruth Bush


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Many people are wearing masks, but not everyone wears them correctly. Dr. Ruth Bush, Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine says it’s important to avoid common mistakes.

“The mask should fully cover your nose and rest on the bridge or mid-point of your nose. Also, cover your mouth and chin.
Masks are meant to be loose fitting, but without gaps, unless you're wearing a medical grade mask.”

“Clean your hands with soap and water or apply alcohol-based hand-sanitizer before donning the mask and before removing it. One of the most common mistakes leads to cross-contamination. This occurs when you touch someone or a surface and then touch your mask.
Avoid reaching under your mask to scratch an itch, and sneeze directly into your mask.”

“You should wash a cloth mask after each use with warm soapy water or machine wash, so it's good to have several on hand. If you have to re-wear a mask, place it in a paper bag between uses.”

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