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Face masks are one of the most important things people should be wearing to protect themselves from COVID-19, but it seems a lot of people are making some big face mask mistakes, which could make them less effective.

A recent study revealed all the mistakes folks are making, so if you want to make sure you’re protected listen up.

Mistakes include:

  • You aren’t washing your hands before and after you take off your mask – To be safe from transmitting the virus you should wash your hands for 20-30 seconds before and after wearing your mask.
  • You aren’t cleaning your face after wearing a mask – 31.9% of people have done this, and this could be the reason folks are suffering from mask acne.
  • You’re sharing a mask with others – 25% of people admit to sharing masks without washing them. That’s totally unhygienic.
  • You’re reusing disposable masks – 44% of people admit to reusing disposable masks multiple times, but they are designed for short-term use only.
  • You’re washing your disposable mask – they are disposable for a reason. Trying to wash them defeats the purpose of wearing a mask.
  • You aren’t washing your reusable mask for days or even weeks – the CDC recommends washing reusable masks after every use.
  • You aren’t covering your nose and mouth with your mask – This completely negates the benefits of wearing a mask.
  • You aren’t storing your mask correctly – they need to be stored in a safe place away from other people, with the CDC suggesting putting them in a dry, breathable bag. Also store dirty masks in a plastic bag until they are ready to be cleaned.

Source: Huffington Post