Surgical face masks standard fitting is loose. This is to give health care professional basic protection against large particles such as splashes. It’s also to stop large particles excreting from the wearers mouth such as spit and saliva.
However, as some of us opt to wear these surgical face masks during this Covid-19 period, we all need to make some adjustments to the mask to ensure that we give us the maximum filtration protection as possible.
Scientist have said that having gaps around your mask can result in over a 60 percent decrease in the filtration efficiency.
So lets get the mask fitted to your face as best as possible. Follow the steps below to fit your surgical face mask correctly.
Tie a knot at each end of the elastic close to the mask as possible.
Now place the face mask on. You’ll notice that the side splay further than before, but do not worry. We’ll sort this out in the next step.
Push/fold the excess material in, behind the top and bottom edge of the mask so the side of the mask sits flat on your face.
That’s it. Your done. You can see the difference between the first and last photo. The last photo, you can see the fitting the surgical mask correctly gives a tight around your face, giving you higher filtration efficiency.
Check out my other blog post about which face masks should you buy. A comprehensive face mask buying guide & review of different types.