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Expert Tips to Choose and Wear a Mask

COVID-19 has touched all aspects of our life, and social distancing and wearing masks have become the new normal. According to the NSW Health, although not mandatory, you must wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Wearing masks is found to stop the spread of various infectious diseases and here we discuss the considerations of choosing a right mask

When to Wear a Mask

With community transmission occurring in the state, the NSW Government strongly recommends everyone take extra precautions to protect both themselves and others around them.

It is important that you carry a clean face mask with you at all times and wear it:

  • If you cannot maintain a 1.5 metre physical distance from others
  • When in high-risk indoor areas such as public transport, ride share, taxis, supermarkets, shops, places of worship and entertainment venues
  • If symptoms develop while you are out of home
  • If you are out of home and notified by NSW Health that you are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • When caring for or serving vulnerable people
  • If working in a cafe, restaurant, pub, club or other high-risk indoor areas

How to Choose the Right Mask

Not all masks are created equal and choosing the best quality mask from a reputable company will ensure you are kept safe every time you need to wear and help minimise community spread.

Consider the following tips when buying a mask:

  • Use masks from non-woven polypropylene.
  • Circumstances when need to wear N95, Valve could be acceptable
  • Buy masks from reputable manufacturers such as 3M, Kimberley Clarke, Medicom and Medline.
  • Be aware of the mask manufacturer details on the packaging; such as batch number, lot number for traceability; manufacturing date and expiry date for consumer protection as well as country of origin.
  • Be mindful of manufacturer compliance, whether they comply with Australian standard (AS4381:2015) or other international equivalent (ASTM F2100 or EN14683:22014).

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