Teach public how to use masks properly

SINGAPORE - It is encouraging to note the measures taken by the Government and relevant agencies in the light of the ongoing haze situation.

The sight of people on the streets masked and protecting themselves is an assurance that they have taken the health advisories issued to heart.

However, I am disturbed to observe that many individuals are wearing their surgical masks inside out.

Perhaps there should be clear instructions that the wire is to be moulded to the nose bridge, and on the side facing out, the folds and pockets should face downwards.

Also, with many rushing to buy N95 masks, it should be highlighted that an unfitted mask offers no protection.

Designed for use against micro-organisms which cannot be seen or smelled (unlike with the haze), proper fitting of the masks ensures a complete seal over the nose and mouth.

I do not see the point of wearing an N95 mask with the lower strap dangling loosely due to discomfort.

Shawn Chua Wei Yang

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