The dangerous way to put on the mask that you should avoid
Putting on a mask is a simple act, but we may not be doing it right. We tell you why you are putting on the mask incorrectly and without knowing it, even if we have followed all the advice of the specialists.
Each structure of the face is different, and we may have realized now that we use masks and that we all wear the same size, and we may even need one as a child even if we are adults.
Well, under this premise comes the warning of this article. We have spent months seeing, reading and hearing that if the mask is too big for us, we must cross its X-shaped “handles” to adjust it more to our face.
So far everything is correct, the problem comes when some of us fit well and others are create holes in the sides. This is why that “excess” fabric must be put inside, which is what the experts say, but not everyone remembers that step.
Recently, a study at the University of Delt did an experiment with a mannequin that “breathed” wearing different masks. By observing the experiment you can see the leaks from each mask according to its fit.
The more holes it has, the lower the amount of filtered incoming and outgoing airTherefore, the risk of spreading coronavirus is very high.
The study also indicated that the risk is greater being behind that person without a well-fitting mask, than being in front of them.
Professor Jose Luis Jiménez has written a thread on his Twitter account explaining the whole subject of contagion of Covid through surfaces and aerosols, adding information on the correct fit of the masks.
1 / Masks, face masks, chinstraps – Thread Many recent news: – in eg Germany require FFP2 (= N95) in public transport – Dr. Fauci recommends double masks There is a lot of confusion. I have consulted the experts and I summarize it here.
– Jose-Luis Jimenez (@jljcolorado) February 1, 2021
So the most correct thing is to adjust the mask to the face without leaving any gap (including the nose area) and the more surface the mask covers the better, that is why the fabric ones are still in the middle of the debate between are good and are not. . It already depends on each expert.
If the surgical masks are too large for us and we have to resort to the X-shaped adjustment, it is better to use another method such as the tweezers that serve to adjust the rubber bands of the masks on the head and give the ears a break. In fact, it’s called an ear guard and we can find them on Amazon.