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5 Mask Mistakes People Make

from Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack NJ, We can anticipate that face masks will continue to be a part of our everyday life as COVID-19 lingers in our communities. Every public place, from a doctor’s office, to the supermarket, to an outdoor dining experience, will require you to wear a mask to prevent the spread of virus.

COVID-19 can be spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person speaks, sings, coughs or sneezes. Once released, the respiratory droplets can travel thought the air about 6 feet and infect someone. Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask the right way.

But, many people out there simply don’t have a ton of experience wearing a mask and may be wearing them incorrectly. To help, we’ve put together an easy guide on how to wear a mask correctly.

Just as important as knowing how to wear a mask correctly, everyone should understand some of the common mistakes to avoid. Here are five common mask mistakes we’re seeing:

1. Nose Out

Wearing the mask over your nose ensures that your respiratory droplets or nasal mucus remains within your mask and also helps provide some level of protection from other people’s infectious droplets contacting the inside of your nose.

2. Mask Around Chin

Cloth face coverings and disposable masks are designed to be worn over your nose and mouth to help stop the spread of your respiratory droplets and to prevent you from exposure to other people’s respiratory droplets. If everyone wears a mask, it greatly helps reduce the spread of germs – but you must wear it over your face and nose for it to work.

3. Ripped, Dirty or Damaged Mask

Any rips or tears in a mask renders it ineffective. You should also change out your mask if it becomes wet, soiled or shows signs of wear or the elastic gets broken or stretched out. If you’re using a cloth face covering, you should wash it after every use. Just like other materials and pieces of clothing, they can become contaminated by bacteria and viruses in our environment and can cause an infection if they’re worn for a prolonged period of time without being cleaned.

4. Exposed Chin

Leaving your chin exposed can cause viruses to contact the skin on your face and easily get transferred to your eyes, nose or mouth. An exposed chin can also cause germs to spread from your mouth to others around you. Plus, having a mask sit high on your face can be uncomfortable for your eyes and fog up your eyewear. Be sure your mask is fit snugly against your chin for the best performance.

5. Not Wearing A Mask

9 thoughts on “5 Mask Mistakes People Make

  1. The more time you spend wearing a mask the higher your odds of wearing a mask incorrectly. People who are spending hours a day with a masks on marking all these mistakes many times and only doing themselves harm. Were a mask if you are in close proximity to someone who is actively sick. Any thing beyond this is idiocy.

  2. Mask it or casket.

  3. People on Palisade Ave Englewood NJ Noches De Colombia don’t wear mask to many people at one time something needs to be done about that situation immediately irresponsible behavior!!!

  4. People on Palisade Ave Englewood NJ Noches De Colombia don’t wear mask to many people at one time something needs to be done about that situation immediately irresponsible behavior!!!

  5. Mask it or casket? Death rate less than 1%. Nearly 50% deaths in nursing homes, meaning people with less than 2 years to live. Are you even taking vitamin C, D, Zinc which can actually lower your risk of suffering from a virus? Do me a favor, go read “To Build a Fire” by Jack London then ask your self why you are clinging to a placebo for the threat of a virus that has virtually no chance to kill you. The mask economy will kill more people indirectly over the long term, than the virus will. It is folly to think you can prevent a virus of this nature from spreading.


  7. Always about you, isn’t it Janes? What about the parents and grandparents caring for the children at home?

  8. i saw this!!! there were so many police tho. very brave people

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