WHAT DOES A FABRIC MASK DO?

In alliance with https://www.westerncape.gov.za/department-of-health/news/covid-19-cloth-masks-public-use

A cloth mask, if appropriately used, and cleaned, can offer the following protection for residents:

  • The mask will reduce the transmission of droplets from the source (any person coughing or sneezing)
  • lt will reduce inhaling a large number of droplets from others
  • Will reduce exposure in overcrowded areas such as taxis, shops of government buildings
  • Will create awareness around Covid-19
  • lnexpensive and can be produced in large under clear specifications
  • Usage guidelines applied

WHEN SHOULD A FABRIC MASK BE USED?

Cloth masks can be used by both the community and non-healthcare workers and where there is no physical contact.

This includes:

  • Travel to and from work in public transport
  • When stepping outside the house to go shopping or seeking healthcare
  • ln self isolation when contact with others is necessary (remember distancing)
  • When stopping and talking to members of the public
  • When conducting interviews during house to house visits (for example, Community workers)
  • When cleaning the streets/ disposing of domestic rubbish

HOW TO WEAR A FACE MASK

 The usage of any type of mask should be accompanied by strictly adhering to safe use guidelines. Wash your hands before applying and after removing a mask, never touch the

cloth part, never fiddle with it whilst wearing, refrain from touching your face. Discard disposable masks. Wash cloth masks with warm soapy water and iron when dry.

It is very important that residents use a cloth mask properly. If they do not, it might result in them putting themselves at risk of spreading Covid-19.

The simple guidelines to use are:

  1. Only use a mask that has been cleaned & ironed
  2. Place the mask with the correct side facing your nose and mouth and covering both well
  3. Tie the strings behind your head, or if you are using elastic bands, make sure these are tight
  4. Make sure it fits well. Move it around to get the best fit. Never touch the cloth Part.
  5. Once you have put on the mask, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE again until you take it off
  6. When you take it off, undo the ties, and carefully fold the mask inside out, hold it by the strings/elastic and place the mask in a container preserved for washing the cloth mask.
  7. Wash hands thoroughly and dry before doing anything Else

Maintaining the mask:

You must have at least two cloth masks per person so you will be able to wash one and have a clean one ready for use.

  1. Wash the mask daily in soap and hot water (tolerated during hand wash).
  2. Rinse thoroughly and dry
  3. Iron the mask- this is the best means of disinfection