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.
While scientists and medical researchers are working towards developing vaccines for the same, people have been tackling problems of unnecessary circulation of myths and mistruths. That being said, here are 6 false misconceptions about wearing face masks you must avoid.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.
(Times of India)