5 Tips for Using Face Coverings

To help reduce the spread of Covid-19, members of the public are encouraged to wear face coverings when out and about. At the time this article was written, in parts of the UK the use of face coverings in public settings was made law. A face covering refers to anything that safely covers the nose and mouth, but popular options include single-use masks or reusable fabric face masks.

As you may be using face coverings often, and sometimes for long durations, choose a mask that is comfortable to wear, with easy breathing.

We have put together some tips to help with this:

  1. If you are anxious or worried about wearing a face covering, you can try wearing one at home or outside for short periods to get used to the feeling of it.
  2. Face coverings come in many shapes and materials. Try experimenting with different types to see which is most comfortable and preferable for you. Choose one that fits well over your nose and mouth.
  3. Some people like to use an “ear-saver” to prevent the fastenings on their face covering rubbing on the ears. This might be a headband with buttons sewn on or an S-clip to fasten the mask behind the head instead of directly on the ears.
  4. Breathing whilst wearing a face covering can cause your glasses to fog up. To help prevent this, choose masks which have a nose clip or a flexible adjustable bridge to close the gap above the nose and prevent air reaching your glasses. Alternatively, some people like to use a strip of medical tape across the top of the mask. You can also try washing your glasses in soapy water to prevent them fogging up.
  5. Ensure that you have more than one face covering. Single-use masks should be disposed of after use and can be bought in bulk. Reusable fabric masks should always be washed after use.Invest in good quality fabric masks that can be washed  and dried several times.  Have additional masks to use whilst others are being washed. And keep a few masks in different places, such as your bag and car in case you forget to take one with you when going out.

For UK regulations around the use of face coverings, including clinical guidance on use and information on who is exempt from wearing a face covering, please see the government website 

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