Be careful, the use of strap makes the mask unhygienic

The mask strap strap is a new fashion choice in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. This type of strap is felt to be quite practical in helping to use masks. This is because the mask is not feared that it will fall when it is about to be removed.

However, the use of this type of rope is not in accordance with health standards to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Handling Task Force Wiku Adisasmito explained this in a press release on the progress of handling Covid-19 at Graha BNPB, Thursday (25/2).

He assessed that wearing a mask with a strap can reduce hygiene because the mask on the inside has been contaminated with droplets when talking, coughing, or the air from sighing dirty. This has the potential to encourage transmission to people around you. In addition, masks that are left hanging unprotected also have the potential to be exposed to the Corona virus.

“These two things can be a source of infection for the surrounding people, as well as exposure to droplets and aerosols from the environment, and can be inhaled and become a source of infection for the wearer,” said Wiku.

According to Wiku, if you want to remove the mask temporarily, you should store the mask in a sterile place such as in a paper bag or other safe. Furthermore, he appealed to the public to be able to maintain mask hygiene in order to prevent transmission of the virus.

“In principle, we must maintain the hygiene of our hands when using or removing masks. Make sure that this mask covers the nose and mouth perfectly,” he said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides guidance on the use of medical masks. First, wash your hands before using a mask. Next, check for tears or holes in the mask. For use, find the top, where the metal strip or stiff edge is and make sure the colored side of the mask is on the outside. Then place the metal part or stiff tip over the nose.

Next, cover the mouth, nose and chin area and adjust the mask without leaving gaps on the sides of the face. Don’t forget to clean your hands before removing the mask. Remove the mask from behind the ear or head and keep the surface of the mask away from the front when removing it. Finally, immediately throw the mask into a closed trash can and wash your hands again after throwing away used masks.

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