June 24, 2021 6:30:39 pm
As per latest guidelines, it is recommended that one does double masking while stepping out for maximum protection from Covid-19. This includes wearing a surgical mask and a tight-fitting cloth mask over it.
But while you can reuse a cloth mask after washing, can you do the same with a surgical mask?
How long can you use a single surgical mask?
As per the centre’s guidelines, a surgical mask should be used only once. It should never be washed.
In the case of double masking, however, you can use a surgical mask up to five times by leaving it in a dry place for seven days after one use. Ideally, give the mask some exposure to sunlight. Only then should you reuse the surgical mask for double masking.
📍 Pairing 2 masks together
➡️ For double masking:
☑️ Wear a surgical mask, then wear another tight fitting cloth mask over it.
☑️ If you do not have a surgical mask, wear two cotton masks together.
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How to dispose of a used mask?
According to the Health Ministry, a used mask should be considered a potentially infected medical waste. It can be disposed of in an identified waste disposal bag or container or by burning or deep burial.
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