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Amid rising cases of Omicron around the world, Hong-Kong scientists have said that wearing two masks is necessary to avoid the new variant. According to him, due to the gap created on both sides of the mouth when a mask is applied, the virus can reach inside our body. This advice is especially for those people who come in contact with corona patients on a daily basis. Experts believe that by applying double masks, we can get up to 91% protection against corona.
If you are at high risk then it is very important to apply double mask
Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung says that people who are already suffering from serious diseases should wear two masks. Apart from these, people who are not vaccinated, doctors and airport workers are also at high risk of infection. They should also follow double masking.
According to Professor David Hui of the Chinese University of Hong-Kong, wearing a mask increases the risk of infection due to the formation of gaps on both sides of the mouth or the loosening of the mask. Wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask makes this gap tight. Therefore, two masks should be worn in public transport, containment zones, hospitals or crowded areas.
Which two masks should we wear together?
According to the US Health Agency Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we should use cloth masks over surgical masks. The reason for this- Wearing a cloth mask makes the corners of the surgical mask completely tight. This gives us up to 91% protection against viruses.
Also, keep in mind that it is useless to wear two surgical masks at the same time, as even doing so will leave a gap. According to the CDC, if wearing an N95 mask, there is no need to wear another mask with it. This mask is completely tight and alone gives up to 95% protection against corona.
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How should the mask be disposed of?
According to the Ministry of Health, always throw the mask after cutting it into small pieces. Keep these pieces in a paper bag for at least 72 hours before throwing them away. Due to this, the risk of spreading infection through masks is reduced to a great extent.