Before the pandemic arrived, very few were aware of the face mask. But since Corona came to earth, there’s no such person who hasn’t bought or worn them. Nowadays it has become a must-have item. People are purchasing different types of masks, be it surgical, N95 masks or cotton.
Although N95 and KN95 masks were created for single-use, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people can get several uses out of the masks.
So just how many times can you reuse your mask?
The FDA recommends, when you feel uncomfortable while breathing, or it becomes dirty then without giving it a thought, remove the mask, dispose of it properly and replace it with a new mask.
Also, it is said that surgical masks can’t just be tossed in the washing machine after they are used. But health officials say that it can be stretched, though you will have to observe some limitations.
Now, let’s know what’s the best way to store and clean them?
CDC suggests that masks should be removed without touching the interior. One must store their mask in a brown paper bag to keep it from herms and dirts from the surface. We can then reuse them only after five days.
Speaking of cotton or designer masks, after washing, the mask must be dried for at least 5 hours in the sun prior to its next use.
Moreover, it’s also a good idea to store them in a warm area, as heat has shown promise in decontaminating certain models of face covering.
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Now, as you have come to know the expiry time and how to reuse it, so from now onwards always wear a clean mask. And, when you wear a clean mask, you’re making an effort to protect the health of others in your community, and you may also be keeping yourself and the people you love safe from COVID-19.