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Medical Guide on How to Wear Your Masks

by Laverne

The design of the mask should cover the mouth, nose, and respiratory tract. If you have a medical condition that requires you to wear a mask with filters, then you should follow these recommendations:

  • If you’re wearing a black kn95 bulk mask for protection against airborne particles, make sure it fits securely over your nose and mouth — but not so tightly that it’s difficult to breathe through.
  • If you’re wearing an N100 or P100 mask for protection against chemicals, make sure it fits securely over your nose and mouth — but not that tightly that it becomes impossible to breathe.

When to Wear a Mask

A mask with a filter is one of the most important protective items for you and your family during an emergency. During an emergency, wearing a mask can help prevent breathing in contaminated air or powder from dry particles that may be in the air (such as asbestos).

If you have been exposed to smoke or fumes, wearing a mask can be helpful if there are no other options available. However, if there are other options available such as going indoors away from smoke or fumes, then it is best to go indoors instead of wearing a mask alone.

Wear a mask:

  • When you smell gas or suspect there’s been a leak
  • If you’re near people who are vomiting, coughing or feeling unwell as a result of breathing in fumes
  • If there’s been an explosion near you (even if you don’t know whether it involved gas).

How to Get the Most Out of Your Masks

Masks are a simple way to protect against airborne particles and germs. But if you don’t wear them properly, they can be ineffective. To get the most out of your masks:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before putting on a mask. Cleanliness is key when trying to avoid infection.
  2. Put the mask on before entering any crowded area. This will help prevent cross-contamination from germs on other people’s hands or clothing.
  3. Wear the mask over your mouth and nose, not just over your mouth. The purpose of wearing a respirator is to protect yourself from inhaling airborne droplets of infectious material that could make you sick; covering only your mouth won’t filter out these particles as well as covering both your mouth and nose will do.
  4. Use only masks that fit properly — not too loose or too tight — so that they don’t slip off when worn for long periods of time or interfere with breathing or vision (especially important for children). If possible, try on different brands at the store before making your purchase so you can see which one fits best (and choose one with good eye protection).
  5. Breathe normally through your nose for about 15 seconds to allow time for any moisture inside the mask to evaporate before breathing through it again. You will notice that air flows freely through both sides of your mouth when you breathe normally through your nose.


If, for instance, you are allergic to dust mites, then wearing a mask over your nose and mouth will protect you from ever being exposed to the toxic particles of dust mites. In some extreme cases where indoor air pollution is so high that it is dangerous the doctor will suggest wearing masks while sleeping.  To be assured of your safety and that of your family members, it is best to have a mask with you always. Order yours today from Alibaba’s health store and remain safe!

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