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Safety Recommendations & Instructions For Use Of Protective Masks

Protect yourself and others from the spread of the virus.

The novel coronavirus primarily spreads by droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. Some of the people infected with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms or their symptoms are very minor, for which reason the individuals are unaware of having the infection. The virus can spread already a few days before showing any symptoms. Studies have also described situations in which an asymptomatic person has infected others in confined indoor spaces.

The proper use of a face mask can reduce infection by preventing droplets from spreading into the environment. There are many types of face masks: different home-made or shop-bought masks made of cloth or other materials. A cloth mask is not an actual respiratory protective device and does not provide effective protection for the person wearing it. Mask effectiveness is partly reliant on as many people as possible wearing masks correctly. 

Wearing a mask is recommended in the following situations and for the following people:

  • In public transport, where close contacts cannot always be avoided. 

  • Persons seeking the coronavirus test on their way to take the test and before the completion of test results. 

  • Passengers arriving in the EU countries from a risk area making their way from the place of arrival to quarantine or whom they have an urgent reason to spend time outside the home during the quarantine.

A face mask can also be worn in other situations where avoiding close contact is not possible based on a recommendation by the regional authority. 

Based on a risk assessment, regional authorities may issue their own, more limited recommendations for public transport in their regions as necessary.

Instructions on using face masks

You should be careful when putting on and removing a face mask to avoid the risk of infection if the mask is contaminated by the virus. Always handle masks with clean hands. When using a mask, remember that the primary measures for preventing infection are good hand hygiene and coughing etiquette, avoiding touching your face, nose, and mouth, and maintaining a sufficiently safe distance to other people whenever spending time in public places. 

You should not wear a mask if it unreasonably obstructs your breathing or if there are other health reasons that prevent you from wearing a mask. If necessary, consult the doctor in charge of your care if your health makes it difficult for you to use a face mask.  

Face masks are not suitable for small children, as its intended use is only possible for slightly older children. This recommendation applies to children over the age of 15

Checklist for mask use

  • Try on different masks to find a model that suits your face and that you can breathe through.

  • Make sure you have as many masks as you need during the day. 

  • Carry with you a bottle of hand sanitizer and extra masks to switch out if necessary.

  • Wash or disinfect your hands before putting on a new or clean mask.

  • Put the mask on your face well before stepping on board a public transportation vehicle.

  • Make sure that the mask sits tightly against your face and covers your mouth, nose, and chin.

  • Do not touch your mask or move it under your chin or on your forehead when wearing it.

  • If you touch the mask while wearing it, wash and disinfect your hands before and after touching it.

  • Do not put on a mask again after you have taken it off. 

  • If your mask gets wet or dirty, replace it with a new one.

  • Remove your mask with clean hands by grasping the ear loops. Do not touch the outside part of the mask when removing it.

  • Put a disposable mask in a waste container directly after you have worn it or a reusable cloth mask to a plastic bag or directly into the washing machine.

  • Wash or disinfect your hands after taking off the mask.

  • Always wash your cloth masks in a 60-degree wash cycle after wearing them or boil them for five minutes in water to which you have added a little bit of detergent. Rinse the mask and hang it to dry in a place with fresh air.

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