coronavirus How to put, use, remove and dispose of a mask?

How to put, use, remove and dispose of a mask?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can be pathogenic in humans and animals. It is known that in humans, several coronaviruses can cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses 


such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The last coronavirus that was discovered is responsible for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

How to put, use, remove and dispose of a mask?

  • 1. Remember that only health workers, caregivers, and people with respiratory symptoms (fever and cough) should wear a mask.
  • 2. Before putting on a mask, wash your hands with a hydroalcoholic solution or with soap and water.
  • 3. Check that the mask is not torn or punctured.
  • 4. Orient the mask in the correct direction (metal strip upwards).
  • 5. Check that the colored face of the mask is placed towards the outside.
  • 6. Place the mask on the face. Pinch the metal strip or the hard edge of the mask so that it matches the shape of the nose.
  • 7. Pull the bottom of the mask to cover the mouth and chin.
  • 8. After use, remove the mask, remove the rubber bands from behind the ears while moving the mask away from the face and clothing to avoid touching any contaminated parts of the mask.
  • 9. Dispose of the mask in a closed bin immediately after use.
  • 10. After touching or throwing away the mask, wash your hands with a hydroalcoholic solution or with soap and water if they are visibly soiled.

How long does the COVID-19 incubation period last?

The incubation period is the time between infection and the onset of symptoms of the disease. The COIVD-19 incubation period is currently estimated to be 1 to 14 days, and most often around five days. These estimates will be updated as new data become available.

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Can humans get COVID-19 from an animal source?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses commonly found in bats and other animals. In rare cases, these viruses infect humans, which in turn can spread the infection. Thus, SARS-CoV is associated with civets while MERS-CoV is transmitted by dromedaries. The possible animal sources of COVID-19 have not yet been confirmed.

To protect yourself, for example when you go to live animal markets, you must avoid direct contact with animals and surfaces in contact with animals and always respect the rules relating to food safety. Raw meat, milk and organ meats should be handled with care to avoid contaminating food that is not intended for cooking, and consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided.

Can my pet transmit COVID-19 to me?

No, there is no evidence that pets or pets, such as dogs or cats, can be infected with or spread the virus responsible for COVID-19.

How long can the virus survive on surfaces?

It is unclear how long the virus responsible for COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it appears to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies (and preliminary information on COVID-19) tend to show that coronaviruses can persist on surfaces for a few hours to several days. This may depend on different parameters (e.g. type of surface, temperature or ambient humidity).

If you suspect a surface may be infected, clean it with a regular disinfectant to kill the virus, protect yourself and others. Wash your hands with a hydroalcoholic solution or with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose.

Is it safe to receive a package from an area where COVID-19 has been reported?

Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating goods is low, as is the risk of contracting the virus responsible for COVID-19 from contact with a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures.

Source : 

World Health Organization

COVID-19 website

WHO travel advice

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