With the second wave of Covid-19 raging across the country, medical experts are recommending double masking for maximum protection. The newer mutations of the virus are a lot more contagious and are driving the current unprecedented spike in cases.
Given the current state of affairs, the ideal preventative measure would be to stay indoors with no in-person interactions with the outside world. However, in case you must step out or call someone home due to an emergency, double masking, distancing, and sanitisation are the necessary rules to follow.
What is double masking?
Simply put, double masking is the practice of layering a fabric mask over a surgical mask. This method reportedly offers strengthened protection and reduces the chances of transmission of the coronavirus.
The added layer of a fabric mask on top ensures a snug fit that prevents the virus from entering your nose or mouth.
How to do it the right way?
Take a surgical mask and tie knots on the earloops where they join the edge of the mask. Next, tuck in the sides and wear the mask, covering your nose and mouth.
After ensuring a snug fit, wear your fabric mask on top. Adjust the fabric mask so it covers the medical mask entirely and fits well. Keep in mind that the only combination that works for double masking is that of a 3-ply surgical mask, layered with a fabric mask on top.
So far we’d seen the widespread use of fabric masks across India, but using these by themselves is no longer advised. However, according to the US CDC, a genuine N95 mask still works as a standalone barrier against transmission.
That being said, it is absolutely imperative to supplement responsible masking with regular hand sanitisation and social distancing. No measure can ensure your safety by itself.
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