Face masks can provide some sort of protection to others by acting as a barrier against the droplets expelled when you sneeze or cough. However, they are not a bulletproof method of protection: your eyes remain vulnerable to virus exposure and if used or discarded incorrectly, face masks can become a vector of infection.
Using a face mask properly will increase your chances of getting protected if you also follow other preventive hygiene measures. Simply follow these step-by-step instructions to make sure you are optimally protected:
Never re-use masks that are solely intended for single use and change them often. As soon as your face mask is soiled or damp, replace it with a new one or remove it.
Given the current situation around COVID-19, inquire if face masks are available at your pharmacy before visiting your pharmacist.
Furthermore, your pharmacist remains available over the phone to answer any other concerns you might have about preventive measures, any symptoms you may experience and your medication. They can also provide advice on best practices to ensure you are using your mask properly, according to health and safety’s guidelines.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.