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Reducing risk of contracting COVID-19 infection

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STUDIES have shown that wearing a mask is only effective when it is worn properly. Here are some of the common errors that one must avoid while wearing a mask:

Ensure the mask is not damp with sweat or water

The mask should neither be too tight nor too loose.

Do not wear the mask under the nose, and do not take off the mask to talk.

Do not wear the mask under your chin.

Do not share mask with others

Medical or surgical mask are mean for single use. Discard them properly after using them once.

Fabric face masks must have three layers of fabric. Wash the fabric face mask after you have worn it once.

Do not reposition or adjust the mask once it has been put on.

Further, know that if you are under 60 and do not have an underlying health condition, you can still become sick with COVID-19. Low risk does not mean no risk. So make sure you do the following:

Wash your hands with soap and water often.

Cough or sneeze in your bent elbow- not your hands.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Limit social gatherings and time spent in crowded places.

Avoid coming in close contact with someone who is sick.

Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

According to WHO, lift buttons, laptop, mouse and other digital devices, doorknobs, kitchen and bathroom faucets and pens are all high-touch surfaces which people must sanitise before touching.

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