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Face Mask or Chin Mask? The deadly mistake we make A front page commentary

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When the Coronavirus pandemic stroke Sierra Leone in March 2020, masks in a variety of colors, styles and materials appeared on the faces of people.

While it is good news that many people are doing their part to slow the spread of coronavirus, the bad news is that many people are wearing their masks wrongly.

Based on what we have learned from health champions about COVID-19, the masking approach is meant to serve as a barrier to prevent touching of one’s nose and mouth in the event one’s hands have become contaminated.

Secondly, face mask helps in protecting COVID positive patients and other staff members from droplet transmission.

Health advice requires one to wear face mask so it comes all the way up, close to the bridge of the nose, and all the way down under your chin.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they fidget with their masks, and pull them under their noses or completely off their faces to rest under their chins.

You’ve probably seen them at the supermarket or on the streets: People wearing surgical face masks pulled down under their noses, touching their face masks or dropping used face masks in public trash cans.

There’s a right way and plenty of wrong ways to use face masks to help fight the spread of coronavirus, experts say. And a lot of people are on the wrong track.

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