Masks have quickly become an everyday wardrobe essential. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and communities begin reopening, many local establishments are encouraging, and some requiring, that their patrons wear masks or other types of face covering to slow the spread of the virus.
At your next appointment, you’ll notice all Harbin Clinic staff are wearing masks to protect our patients. We encourage you to join us in this act of kindness and wear a mask to your next appointment.
While masks like the N95 prove the most effective at protecting the individual wearing them, they’re not easy to find and are often reserved for healthcare workers fighting the disease on the frontline. So many of us are wearing cloth masks either made at home or by a friend, or they’re purchased online.
But you may be asking how effective they are in protecting yourself and others? And what is the most efficient way to wear one?
Often made from material similar to cotton, homemade masks aren’t intended to protect you from inhaling particles that carry the coronavirus. They do help protect wearers from potentially spreading the virus to others when they exhale.
These masks serve as a helpful barrier that reduces the amount of exhaled air particles and keeps the virus from spreading, especially from infectious, but asymptomatic, individuals. They are particularly helpful when you cough or sneeze and can “interrupt” those air particles from traveling outwards. A particle “cloud” from a cough or sneeze can travel as wide as 25 feet.
As businesses begin to reopen and employees are going back to work, the more people that are wearing masks in one location plays a vital role in slowing the spread of the virus and reducing the transmission of air particles.
When it comes to wearing your protective face covering, we wanted to provide a few helpful tips to make sure they’re as effective as possible:
· Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with clean water and soap before touching your mask.
· Make sure the mask stretches over the nose and chin completely.
· Avoid touching the front of the mask while wearing it.
· Remove the mask by the ear loops or ties at the back and avoid touching the front of the mask.
· Throw away disposable masks immediately. If you have a cloth mask, wash it immediately.
· Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with clean water and soap after touching your mask.
Below is an easy and fun DIY tutorial for cloth face coverings.
If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you have a current infection, call your provider or visit Harbin Clinic Immediate Care. Harbin Clinic Immediate Care is now offering COVID-19 viral and antibody testing. Visit our article here to determine which test may be best for you.
Harbin Clinic is Georgia’s largest physician-owned, multi-specialty clinic with more than 220 providers across more than 30 specialties in 20 locations throughout Northwest Georgia. Since 1870 the Harbin family has practiced medicine in the region, founding the Harbin Hospital in 1908 in Rome, Georgia. That hospital grew into the present Harbin Clinic which cares for thousands of patients each day. Harbin Clinic Cares Completely.