Are you wearing your mask the right way? Officials say many aren’t

Coronavirus

WEIRTON, W.Va. (WTRF) – Medical practitioners say it isn’t a 100% guarantee we won’t catch Coronavirus if we all wear our masks, but it is still criticallty important.

Nonetheless, mask usage still is grossly under utilized in the right places and not property utilized.

Dr. Jasbir Makar, Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease Specialist

Dr. Makar and other doctors say every day they’ve seen people wearing their masks improperly.

All of this raised concerns during a medical health update in Weirton.

So what is the right way to wear a mask? Officials say we should be using a type of mask that fits, but we also need to know how to wear them.

We need to stop and think what’s the functionality of the masks.

Dr. Kenneth Woods, Medical Director of Infectious Disease

Dr. Woods added our mask should be covering our mouths, not left on our chins. We also shouldn’t lift them up when we sneeze.

Medical practitioners say that’s not doing the person wearing the mask, or the people around them any good.

Dr. Woods also said improper wearing could be because we are becoming more accustomed to masks.

I think we let our guard down a good bit to where it’s not become the norm, but it’s become the comfort zone.

Dr. Kenneth Woods, Medical Director of Infectious Disease

There’s also the people that think it’s the ultimate protection, but medical practitioners warn that may not always be true.

That’s proof that the mask isn’t an end all be all. We’re not invincible and bullet proof because we have the mask on.

Dr. Kenneth Woods, Medical Director of Infectious Disease

Practitioners say wearing a mask may be just as important as washing our hands.

High-touch areas are being forgotten the most. It’s advised that we wash our hands ten or fifteen times a day, or at least any chance we get.

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