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For several months now, the mask has become an essential companion in our daily lives in times of Covid. Recommended by doctors and the World Health Organization, wearing it is one of the preventive measures (in addition to the famous barrier gestures) that limit the spread of the coronavirus. First compulsory in public places closed since the end of July, more and more cities are now imposing its wearing on the streets in order to stem an epidemic that is on the rise again this summer. Whether you choose it in fabric or paper, this facial protection is essential to avoid the projection of droplets and contamination.
But as we take it on board every day on our daily trips, a question arises: when I'm not wearing my mask, where do I put it? Here are some answers to keep your mask healthy without cluttering up.
First of all, it is strongly advised not to put it directly in our bag or in our pocket. Indeed, by putting the mask in contact with the contents of our bag (such as the mobile phone or coins) or our clothes, we increase the risk of contaminating it (because the Covid remains attached to the clothes). Conversely, the used mask could contaminate our bag or our pockets.
We also avoid casually placing it on a corner of the table, a surface on which the virus can be present. And then, let's face it, it's not very appetizing.
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Big "trend" in the streets this summer, wearing a mask around the arm. Just like the "necklace" version mask (stuck around the neck), these style effects are to be avoided. Because, as Julie, a pharmacist from Tours at France Bleu, points out, "the inside of the mask is sterile, if you put it around your neck or on your arm, it comes into contact with the outside air and loses its interest."
One of the good ideas for storing your mask is to think of airtight freezer bags to slip it in before wearing it. Once used (the mask should not be worn for more than 4 hours otherwise it loses its effectiveness), put it back on (taking care to remove it by the rubber bands or straps) and leave it alone. more until the wash or the trash (the paper mask is for single use - we do not use it several times in a row). Another solution blown by Benoît, doctor of pharmacy, at La Dépêche: paper pouches. "Paper pouches absorb moisture and help avoid soiling the inner part of the mask that touches the face." You can also create a bag of unworn masks and a bag where you put the used mask (remember to label them well).
You can also check if it is not possible to hang your mask somewhere, in your car for example. This prevents our protection from coming into contact with a contaminated surface and thus keeping it healthy.
And above all, don't forget to scrupulously wash your hands immediately after handling your used mask and to throw it in the trash if it's paper.