Face masks have become the ultimate new accessory in the closet with the outbreak of novel coronavirus.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people must wear face masks in public areas as it not only prevents a person from contracting the virus but also contains the spread of the deadly disease, reports Times of India.
However, masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives; the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection against Covid-19, according to World Health Organization (WHO).
People have been tackling problems of unnecessary circulation of myths and mistruths while scientists and medical researchers around the globe are working to develop vaccines for the deadly virus.
Here are six false misconceptions about wearing face masks:
- Wearing a face mask can protect you from COVID-19, entirely
While wearing face masks may prevent you from catching the deadly virus, but it does not guarantee that it will protect you from COVID-19. Therefore, you must be vigilant and pertain to other precautionary measures like socially distancing yourself from others and using hand sanitisers if and when you come in contact with a frequently touched surface.
- All face masks are reusable
Cloth masks can be washed and reused from time to time. However, you must not believe that all masks are reusable. If you're using a disposable surgical face mask, you can't keep using it. Once you have used them, you must dispose of them off and wash your hands immediately.
- You don't need to wear a mask at home
The major reason why you're required to wear a mask is to prevent you from contracting the virus in public areas. However, if you've tested positive for COVID-19 and are living with your family, you must wear your masks at all times. Especially, when a member of your family is vulnerable and can catch the infection immediately.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a mask is enough
Many people think that just by covering the mouth and the nose can protect them from the virus. However, one must adhere to wearing the masks properly at all times. Make sure your face mask fits you perfectly and that there are no open ends that could promote the entry of the virus. While it may feel uncomfortable, try and get yourself a face mask that is tight enough and covers every part from your nose to your chin.
- Social distancing can be excused if you're wearing masks
One of the biggest misconceptions people fall prey to is that if you wear a face mask, you need not practice social distancing. This belief may not only endanger your life but also may pose serious risks to other people.
- Wearing a face mask can deplete oxygen levels
Wearing a face mask can be slightly uncomfortable. However, that does not mean it reduces oxygen levels or promotes CO2 retention, as many still tend to believe. Besides, many face masks, particularly N95 masks allow oxygen and CO2 to flow, as per reports shared by Stanford University.