Why can you still catch COVID-19 while wearing a mask?
Hello everyone, we wear masks every day, why do some people still get infected?To answer this question, we need to start with the way the COVID-19 virus is transmitted.The main route of transmission of COVID-19 virus is respiratory droplets and close contact. Infection can also be caused by contact with objects contaminated with the virus.Respiratory droplets spread When a patient breathes, talks, coughs, or sneezes, droplets containing COVID-19 can be released into the surrounding environment through the mouth and nose. Larger droplets land on the ground or other surfaces, while smaller droplets remain in the air for a short time. Healthy people can become infected when they inhale droplets containing the virus.Close contact with people who are spreading COVID-19. When they are sick, they will cough, expectorate, and have a runny nose. After handling their mucus and mucus, they will touch office supplies and public environments, which is likely to bring the virus to these surfaces.Our health officials have detected nucleic acid of the COVID-19 virus in objects and environmental samples used by patients, such as TV remote controls, mice, mobile phones, door handles, elevator buttons, etc.If you touch surfaces or public facilities that are contaminated with the virus and don’t wash your hands regularly, you can get the VIRUS by touching your mouth, nose or eyes, such as picking your nose, rubbing your eyes, sucking your fingers or smoking cigarettes.Secondly, if there is a problem in wearing, removing, replacing, storing and disposing masks, you may still be fooled.How do we wear masks correctly?In the Guidelines on wearing masks for the Public and People in Key Occupations (August 2021 edition), the public is advised to choose disposable medical masks, surgical masks or masks of higher protective grade.Make sure the mask covers mouth, nose and chin, and the nose clip is compressed;Masks should be replaced in time if they become dirty, deformed, damaged or smelly. Wear each mask for no more than 8 hours in total.It is not recommended to reuse masks that have been used on trans-regional public transport or in hospital Settings;Reusable masks should be hung in a clean, dry and ventilated place when not in use.If discomfort such as suffocation or shortness of breath occurs during mask wearing, go to an open and ventilated place to remove the mask immediately.When you go out, take spare masks and store them in the original bag or a clean storage bag to avoid being squeezed and deformed. Discarded masks should be disposed of as other garbage.Wearing masks correctly is an effective measure to cut off the transmission of respiratory droplets.For PERSONAL protection against COVID-19, in addition to wearing masks every day, we also need to do as follows: