Practical tips for wearing a face mask

Following all the necessary precautions to lower your risk of infection of COVID-19 is essential. Each element addresses specific risks for the virus. Wearing a mask is an important part of the tried and tested measures. Find out more on how to wear your face mask properly:

  • Perform hand hygiene before you put on your face mask.
  • Also, perform hand hygiene after you take off your face mask.
  • Do not leave your mask hanging under your chin or from the neck.
  • Do not touch your face when you have your mask on.
  • Do not wear your mask on your head.
  • Do not wear your mask loosely with gaps on the sides.
  • Do not wear the mask below your nose.
  • Do not leave your chin exposed.
  • Wear your mask so that it comes close to the bridge of your nose and completely covers your chin.
  • When using a cloth mask, three layers are recommended.
  • Do your best to tighten the loops or ties so that it fits snugly around your face and that it is without gaps.

It is not enough to perform only some of the measures against COVID-19 transmission.

Social Distancing

By adhering to all the various measures to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19, you can keep yourself and your loved ones much safer. Physical distancing guidelines are an important part of these measures to avoid infection via respiratory droplets:

  • Keep a distance of two metres.
  • No physical greetings – only nod or wave.
  • Avoid gatherings and public areas, especially in closed indoor spaces.
  • Do not share food or personal belongings.

 

Minimise the potential for COVID-19 transmission by following best practices in unison.

Hand Hygiene

Performing hand hygiene is very important as a part of the tried and tested measures that limit the spread of COVID-19. Ensure that you perform hand hygiene in the following instances: 

  • Before putting on a mask and after taking it off
  • After coughing and sneezing
  • When caring for the sick
  • Before, during and after food preparation
  • Before eating
  • After using the toilet
  • After contact with the environment and when your hands are dirty
  • Clean your hands regularly by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or rubbing hands with a hand rub containing 70% alcohol for 20 to 30 seconds or until dry.

One measure alone is not enough to curb the spread of COVID-19. The tried and true measures should be adhered to in unison.

Clean Environment

To limit the spread of COVID-19 all the various measures must be adhered to, including that your hands are kept clean, surfaces, as well as frequently touched objects, and that your immediate environment is cleaned and disinfected regularly. Routinely clean surfaces that are often touched including:

  • Keys and keyrings
  • Remote controls
  • Telephones and cell phones
  • Staircase handrails and lift buttons
  • Tablets, computers and laptops
  • Counters and tabletops
  • Doorknobs
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Toilets

Clean the area or use a surface disinfectant. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure the safe and effective use of the product.

To curb the spread of COVID-19, all the preventative measures should be adhered to in unison.

Good ventilation

An important part of the measures that minimise the spread of COVID-19 is to ensure that ventilation takes place. This can be one of the most effective environmental measures to reduce the risk of the spread of infections and should be a part of the measures you take to ensure your safety and that of others.

Windows should be opened where possible to increase natural ventilation in a room except where specific air handling units are installed (for instance, in theatres or intensive care units).

Good ventilation is an important part of the set of necessary measures against COVID-19.

Screening at entrances to public areas

ER24 & Mediclinic has put various tried and tested measures in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

For your convenience, Mediclinic introduced a WhatsApp screening bot to improve access to their facilities.

This screening can be done via your telephone from the convenience of your home before visiting the facility.

Stay home if not feeling well

The risk of COVID-19 spreading to the community is minimised when we remove the potential for transmission.

Cough and sneeze etiquette

To minimise the impact of COVID-19 effective, everyday measures contributes greatly to protecting other people from getting sick. One measure – as part of a set – is to ensure you follow the correct etiquette for coughing and sneezing by doing the following:

  • Always wear a mask if you are in public. If you are coughing or sneezing, also wear a mask at home to limit the spread of infection in your home.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or preferably use a tissue.
  • Discard used tissues in a bin immediately after use.
  • Perform hand hygiene (washing or using alcohol-based hand rub) especially after coughing or blowing your nose.
  • If ill, stay at home to prevent the spread of disease to others.

Minimise social gatherings outside your social bubble

The risk of COVID-19 spreading to the community is minimised when we remove the potential for transmission.

While many at home have grown tired of the virus, the reality is that we will have this risk with us for quite some time. We need to be conscious of this and protect ourselves and those around us as best we can. Try and limit social gatherings outside of the group of people that you normally interact with (social bubble).

ER24 would like to encourage our communities to work together to collectively reduce our risk.

By adhering to all the elements of the tried and tested COVID-19 measures, we are supporting and protecting each other.