As we all know, wearing face masks or some form of facial covering is one of the most important steps we can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While most disposable face masks aim to offer a universal fit, they are not always truly one-size-fits-all. We all have different face shapes and sizes which can make finding the perfect mask difficult at times. Luckily, there are a few ways to customize your mask without hindering it’s effectiveness.
How To Wear Your Face Masks
The first step in making sure your face mask is effective at protecting you and those around you from contracting the coronavirus is to ensure you are properly wearing your mask. Here is how the CDC recommends putting on your face mask:
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
Why Making Sure You Have A Proper Fit Matters
Each different type of face mask will offer a different degree of protection. For example, KN95 and N95 face masks are able to filter out 95% of particles .3 microns or larger and 3 Ply effectively filters out 95% of particles 3 microns or larger.
However, even if you are wearing the most protective type of medical face mask available, if you are not wearing it properly it will not be able to offer the optimal level of protection. If your mask is ill fitting, it may allow leakage around the sides of the mask which exposes you and those you are in close contact with to potential infection.
My Face Mask Is Too Big
If your face mask is too big, there are ways to shorten the ear loops for a more secure fit and better level of protection. To shorten the ear loops in your face mask, simply tie a knot in the loops so the knot sits directly behind your ear. Just make sure that you do not tie it so tight that it causes the sides of your mask to flare out away from your face as this could allow leakage and decrease the protective nature of the mask.
My Face Mask Is Too Small
Just as some find that protective face masks are too large for their face, for others they may be too small and cause pain behind the ears. If this is the case for you and you are finding that your face mask is too small for your face, there are ways to lengthen the ear loops for a more comfortable fit. To extend the ear loops of your mask, you can tie a shoelace or string to connect the two loops behind your head at a more comfortable position. Make sure that you do not tie the mask so loose that the mask does not sit snug and close to your face. You do not want to create potential areas of air flow in and out of the sides of your mask.
How To Prevent Your Glasses From Fogging Up When Wearing A Mask
The easiest way to prevent your glasses from fogging while wearing your face mask is to get yourself a mask that has a built-in moldable nose bridge. If you are able to form the mask to your nose for a better fit, you can then place your glasses over top of the mask to prevent your breath from escaping up from the mask and fogging your glasses.
If you are still experiencing issues with your glasses fogging despite molding your mask to your nose, there is another way which many have found helpful that also doubles as a way to keep your glasses clean: using soap. Here’s how:
- Wash your hands
- Wet your glasses, then gently lather soap (preferably unscented) onto the lenses
- Rinse under warm water
- Gently dry with clean lens cloth or soft towel
How To Get Your Facial Recognition On Your Phone To Recognize Your Wearing A Mask
One of the advantages of having a smartphone is their advanced facial recognition capabilities. Unfortunately, wearing a face mask can hinder your phone’s ability to recognize you, forcing you to either enter your passcode or remove your face mask, neither of which are ideal. However, many are not aware that there is a way around this already built in to your phone. All you have to do is go into your facial recognition settings and set up an alternate appearance. According to Nebraska Medicine, simply fold your mask in half and hold it over your face while the phone scans you, and then repeat on the other side of your face. This will create an alternate way for your phone to recognize you while wearing your mask.
How To Safely Reuse Your Mask
N95, KN95, and 3 Ply Face Masks are all technically disposable face masks that are not meant to be worn more than once. However, if you feel confident that your mask has not been contaminated, you can carefully place your mask in a paper bag away for a few days to allow the mask time to decontaminate. Just remember that disposable face masks should not be worn for more than 8 total hours of use. Additionally, if you have worn your disposable face mask in high traffic areas such as airports where your chances of exposure to the coronavirus increase, it is best to not reuse your mask.
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