The protective function of a facemask depends decisively on whether or not it fits tightly and is worn correctly. Here are some tips to increase the effectiveness of a respirator mask.
One may think, there is no rocket science involved when putting on a facemask. And surely, there isn't. But spotting someone not wearing their mask right is just as easy. If you're looking for a solid guide to maximize the protective power of your mask, keep reading!
In order to prevent the mask from being contaminated with bacteria before even putting it on, it should only be handled with clean hands. The noseclip should be on top, the soft side on the bottom. Most surgical masks are coloured. The coloured side goes outside or away from the face.
To put the mask on, hold it over the mouth and nose so that the metal clip rests on the bridge of your nose. Now run your fingers along the upper edge so that the ear straps can be comfortably placed around the ears. Then press on the metal nose clip with two fingers to fit the mask tightly around your nose. Finally, the mask must be tightened to eliminate leakage.
When wearing glasses, make sure to place your glasses on top of the mask tissue. If you notice fogging, the fit of the mask over the nose and cheeks must be corrected accordingly. You may also want to try Virshields fogFree disposable masks.
Even though FFP2 masks are much safer than surgical masks, they do not offer 100% protection against viruses and bacteria. In order for FFP2 masks to be fully effective, they must fit tightly around the face. Only then can the air be filtered effectively both when breathing in and when breathing out. To do this, the edges of the mask should fit tightly and should not allow any leakage.
To check for proper fit, first exhale gently and evenly. If air escapes around the edges of the mask, the mask is not properly fitted and must be readjusted. For the second test, clasp the mask with both hands and breathe in and out again. If air flows in or out, the mask must be readjusted.
Facial hair impedes the effectiveness of masks. In these cases, standard mask types generally do not provide adequate protection.