How long have you had your current cloth face mask?
Most people say that they have been using their current reusable mask since as early as May 2020 and hot water washing and drying it daily – this is likely wearing on the efficacy of your #resuablefacemask.
A recent article from the Huffington Post asked several experts (infectious disease expert, a dermatologist, a licensed physician and a laundry expert) to weigh in on this quandary.
Below is the list of the warning signs that you should purchase a new mask:
- The straps are worn out
- The fit is no longer snug
- There are exposed threads, tears or holes
- The mask is stained
- The fabric has worn thin
- You haven’t been washing the mask according to the manufacturer’s instructions
- You’ve washed a mask more than 30 times
#7 below us away as the protocol for daily washing and drying says you need one mask per month!
In a second article from USA today, Christopher Sulmonte, the project administrator for the Biocontainment Unit at John Hopkins Medical quotes “Obviously the single cleaning aspect is important, but the other piece is that if it starts to tatter or there are holes, it might be time to replace it,” he says. “We want the material to minimize those aerosolized droplets that come out of your mouth.” FULL ARTICLE HERE