Are You Using the Surgical Face Mask Correctly?

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May 10, 2020
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Are You Using the Surgical Face Mask Correctly?

Steps on how to wear a mask and discarding it properly

Wearing a face mask often helps people feel protected and reassured. And, for a mask to provide you protection effectively, it is important to wear the mask and discard by following certain guidelines.


What is a surgical face mask?

A surgical mask is a disposable mask that’s rectangular in shape. The mask comes in various colors and sizes. The mask has elastic bands or ties to hold it in place on the face. There is a metal at the top of the mask and can be pinched to fit the mask on your nose.


Surgical mask’s is commonly available in three-ply layers and it works as follows:

The outer layer repels water, blood, and other body fluids.

The middle layer filters certain pathogens.

The inner layer absorbs moisture and sweat from exhaled air.


Note: the edges of surgical masks don’t form a tight seal around your nose or mouth. Therefore, they can’t filter out small airborne particles.


How to wear a surgical mask?

  1. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or rub your hands together thoroughly with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Position the more colored side of the mask outward.
  3. Place the mask such that the metallic strip is at the top of the mask and positioned against the bridge of your nose.
  4. If the mask has:
    • Ear loops: Hold the mask by both ear loops and place one loop over each ear.
    • Ties: Hold the mask by the upper strings. Tie the upper strings in a secure bow near the crown of your head. Tie the bottom strings securely in a bow near the nape of your neck.
  5. Mold the bendable metallic upper strip to the shape of your nose by pinching and pressing down on it with your fingers.
  6. Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.
  7. Don’t touch the mask once in position.
  8. If the mask gets soiled or damp, replace it with a new one.


Precaution when wearing a surgical mask

Once the mask is positioned securely, there are certain precautions to keep in mind to ensure you don’t transfer pathogens to your face or hands.

Do not:

  • touch the mask once it’s secured on your face, as it might have pathogens on it
  • hang the mask around your neck
  • reuse single-use masks


Note: If you have to touch the face mask while you’re wearing it, wash your hands first. Be sure to also wash your hands afterward, or use hand sanitizer.


How to remove and discard a surgical mask

It’s important to remove the face mask correctly to ensure you don’t transfer any germs to your hands or face. You also want to make sure you discard the mask safely.

  1. Before you take off the mask, wash your hands well or use hand sanitizer.
  2. Avoid touching the mask itself, as it could be contaminated. Hold it by the loops, ties, or bands only.
  3. Carefully remove the mask from your face once you:
    • unhook both ear loops, or
    • untie the bottom bow first, followed by the top one, or
  4. Holding the mask loops, ties, or bands, discard the mask by placing it in a covered trash bin.
  5. After removing the mask, wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.


Putting on and taking off these face masks correctly may help protect you and the health of those around you from transmitting or contracting pathogens.

And feel free to get in touch with us if you have any queries related to face mask. We will be more than happy to answer your questions.


Stay Safe. Stay Healthy








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