How to keep our mob safe using face masks
Face masks are now part of everyday life in some parts of Australia.
A face mask is recommended if:
In some places though, you have to wear a face mask.
The best thing to do is to follow the advice in your local area.
Wearing a mask helps protect other people in case you’ve got the virus but you don’t have any symptoms. This can help slow down the spread and keep your mob safe.
Remember, using a mask is an extra precaution. You also have to:
What kind of face masks should I use?
Disposable masks need less handling (like storage and washing) than reusable fabric masks. However, reusable masks can be used in the community.
There are a few things to remember:
What is the difference between face masks and face shields?
If you’re a health worker, wearing a mask and a shield is the safest option. But for most other people, a face mask is enough to keep our mob safe.
Face shields are mostly used by health workers. Shields are an extra layer of protection because they protect the wearer’s eyes. However, if you are only using a shield, be aware that small particles could make their way underneath or around the sides of the shield. This may result in some of them ending up in your nostrils or mouth. That’s why health workers often wear both a mask and a shield.
Face masks do provide protection but only if they are used correctly. Don’t touch the front of your mask and wash your hands straight away after you take it off. The mask should cover your nose and your mouth. It must fit snugly under your chin, over the bridge of your nose and against the sides of your face. Don’t let it hang around your neck.
Can I make a face mask myself?
Yes, you can. Check out the Department of Health fact sheet on how to make one.
These are the main things you have to take into account if you’re making a mask: