COVID-19 has changed a lot about our lives since it began. But the most immediately noticeable change is probably the mandatory use of face masks in stores, schools, and other public spaces. Scientists and doctors alike have advised that wearing masks (combined with social distancing) is imperative to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
However, as soon as you venture away from home, you’re likely to find people wearing masks in increasingly ineffective ways – resting under their noses, pulled under their chin, or dangling from an ear. This decreases the effectiveness of their mask while increasing their risk of spreading or catching COVID-19. Steven Odzer of New York, business owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist encourages his fellow citizens to educate themselves on the importance of wearing your mask correctly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
My Mask Protects You and Your Mask Protects Me Says Steven Odzer of New York
One thing that seems to be causing confusion about when and how to wear masks appropriately is how they slow the spread of COVID-19. While a cloth mask is unlikely to keep you from inhaling microscopic virus droplets, it does reduce the depositing of respiratory droplets onto nearby surfaces and into the air that nearby people are breathing.
And because the biggest spreaders of COVID-19 are those who are asymptomatic (meaning they don’t know they have the coronavirus), wearing a mask “just in case” can cut back on the spread of the virus significantly. So, points out Steven Odzer, if you wear your mask, it protects the people around you from your respiratory droplets, while their mask protects you.
Follow the Five “Don’ts” of Mask Wearing
It can be uncomfortable to wear a facial covering at first, says Steven Odzer of New York. So it’s important that you learn how to adjust the mask to fit correctly over your mouth, nose, and chin. When a mask fits correctly, you should be able to breathe and speak relatively comfortably.
Make sure that you wash your hands for at least twenty seconds before and after touching your mask, and follow the five “don’ts” of mask-wearing:
- Don’t touch your mask (or your child’s mask) while it’s on your face
- Don’t leave your mouth or nose exposed
- Don’t wear the mask under your chin
- Don’t remove the mask in public around other people
- Don’t share your mask with friends or family members
Steven Odzer is CEO of YBT Industries in Cedarhurst, NY. He is a serial entrepreneur and long-time business owner who was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 in the area of distribution. He has been in the distribution business for over thirty years.