As we strive to be safe during this pandemic, there is a lot of misinformation spreading about wearing a mask in public or in social settings. Andrew Catanzaro, MD, an Infectious Disease physician at Adventist HealthCare, sets the record straight on the importance of wearing a mask and how to properly wear one. 

Why is wearing a mask so important?

Masks act as a physical barrier to protect you and others from viral and bacterial particulates. When someone coughs, talks, sneezes they could release germs into the air that may infect others nearby. Wearing a face mask will help prevent the spread of infection and prevent the individual from contracting any airborne infectious germs. 

How do we properly wear a mask?

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before touching the face mask.
  • Make sure the masks do not have any holes or tears.
  • Make sure you determine which side is the top and which is the front of the mask
  • Face masks with ear loops: hold by the ear loops and put the loops around each ear.
  • Face masks with ties: bring the mask to your nose and place the ties over your head to secure it with a tie.
  • Face masks with bands: hold the mask to your nose and pull the top strap over the crown of your head and pull the bottom strap over your head so it’s at the nape of your neck.
  • Pull the mask over your mouth and chin. Be sure it covers your nose.

Are masks with ventilators effective?

Although they may be more comfortable to wear due to the airflow, masks with vents are not as effective in preventing the spread of the virus as solid masks. 

Andrew Catanzaro

Andrew Catanzaro

Andrew Catanzaro, MD, is the Director of Infectious Diseases, Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group.

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