Under the nose or the chin... Our dangerous little arrangements with the mask - Point

Lowering his mask under the nose to prevent fogging of the glasses or to be less bothered, the snap under the chin to speak more easily, hang on the elbow durin

Under the nose or the chin... Our dangerous little arrangements with the mask - Point

Lowering his mask under the nose to prevent fogging of the glasses or to be less bothered, the snap under the chin to speak more easily, hang on the elbow during the meal... In the stores, transportation or in the restaurant, the French were to grant some freedoms in the way they wear their mask. At the risk of making it ineffective.

To fulfill its role of barrier against the Covid-19, the mask must be correctly set, carried and removed. It must especially wash your hands before putting it on the face, adjust it correctly and then not touch it, reminded public Health of France. To remove it, it is necessary to wash hands, remove it through the elastic and then throw it away or keep it in a plastic bag before washing, then wash hands again.

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The nose, "the place where there are more viruses"

But as the mask-wearing has become widespread since the déconfinement in may, many shall no longer apply all of these guidelines with the rigour of beginnings. Bad habits which are found up the top of the State, the minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin who by example walked the streets in mask under the nose during a visit of Emmanuel Macron in Paris on the night of 27 to 28 July.

"It breathes often through the nose, so the virus is going to go" if the mask does not cover, warns dr. Pierre Parneix, doctor of public health and hospital hygiene at the university hospital of Bordeaux, who was interviewed by France 3, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. "And if one is sick, the place where it has the most viruses, it is the nose, so it spreads everywhere. "It is in the nose that are made on the samples for the PCR tests.

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Under the chin, "a dirty zone"

feeling embarrassed to discuss or call, some have also taken the habit of removing their mask time to talk. Again, the practice is counter-productive, because it is in speaking that we diffuse the more droplets that may contain the virus and contaminate the other.

be Careful also not to keep the mask in "waiting position" under the chin when it is not necessary to wear it. "These are areas that are dirty, where there may be microbes or the virus ", explains Laurent Dap, president of the council of the College of physicians in Moselle, France Blue. "It is better to remove it altogether, by the elastic, put it in a clean place, and reattach it later, rather than move it on the forehead or the chin. "

And at the time of remove it, simply hold by the rubber bands, throw it away or store properly – not in his pocket or her hand bag – and wash their hands of the actions essential, reminds LCI Christophe Bécavin, a researcher at the CNRS. "If someone you sputters in the face, the virus can be placed on the mask and not in your mouth [...]. If you take the mask to the hand, the virus will be transferred from the mask to your fingers. As we tend to touch often the face, it will then end up getting in your mouth or your nose. "

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Updated Date: 29 July 2020, 06:33

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