We clarify possible doubts that may arise when using and buying a mask.
Can the mask be turned over?
In no case is it advisable to do so.
Is it safe to clean it in the microwave?
No. There are no conclusive data on the effectiveness of sanitization through this method. Therefore, it should not be used in any case. In addition, it may include a metal strap for nasal adjustment and it would be dangerous to put it in the microwave.
What about artisan masks?
The materials and manufacturing methods with which these masks are made are very diverse. In addition, they may not have passed the verification or test control. Therefore its effectiveness is not guaranteed.
And others like, for example, diving?
This type of mask is not recommended as a barrier to reduce possible infections against COVID-19.
Does a hygienic mask without a UNE guarantee protect me?
That it does not have a reference to a UNE specification does not mean that it does not protect against COVID-19.
Some follow other rules and this is stated on their labeling.
However, if a hygienic mask lacks references to standards or tests, it cannot guarantee a level of protection.
Can boys and girls wear adult masks?
The use of adult size hygienic masks is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
However, those who are positive for COVID-19, with positive symptoms or asymptomatic ones, should preferably use adult-sized surgical masks.
What happens if the wrong size mask is used?
If it is not adjusted correctly, it will not be as effective as it should. It is important that it fits snugly against the nose and covers the chin.
Can non-reusable type masks be washed?
No. If the manufacturer does not indicate that the mask is washable - and therefore reusable - do not do it. It cannot be guaranteed that it will retain its properties.
How are reusable masks washed?
Each manufacturer explains the washing instructions. Using a method other than the recommended one may deteriorate the product and therefore lose its effectiveness.
The Ministry of Health has published the accepted washing methods that are capable of eliminating COVID-19. The manufacturer should recommend sanitation methods in their instructions.