How to Choose and Use a Face Mask Properly for Protection Against Coronavirus?

It has been a proven fact that face masks help slow the spread of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19.  Wearing a face mask along with other preventive measures like frequently washing hands, getting vaccinated, maintaining physical distance, and using a hand sanitizer can certainly help in slowing down the spread of this deadly virus.

  • Everyone above the age of 2 years and not fully vaccinated should wear a n95 mask in both indoor and outdoor places
  • Wear a mask in outdoor settings where there are a high number of COVID-19 cases
  • Wear a mask for activities that need coming in close contact with people who are not fully vaccinated
  • Individuals with a medical condition and low immune system may not be protected even after being vaccinated. Therefore, they should continue wearing masks and taking other precautions.

How to select a mask?

There are many choices while choosing a mask. Wearing a disposable mask under a cloth mask is recommended at places with a high number of COVID cases.

Choose masks that

  • Completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Are made up of two or more layers of fabric that makes breathing easy and can be washed
  • Fits securely against the sides of your face without any gaps
  • Have a nose wire so that air does not leak from the top

Avoid choosing masks that

  • Are made of vinyl fabric that makes it difficult to breathe
  • Have vents or valves that allow the virus to escape
  • Are labelled as surgical N95 as these should be left for healthcare professionals

Cloth masks 

Cloth masks are recommended for public use. These masks are supposed to trap respiratory droplets while you talk, sneeze or cough. It also helps you from protection against inhaling droplets released from others.

The most effective cloth munnbind is made of multiple layers of tightly woven cotton fabric. Visit ISHOP which has Norway’s largest collection of approved face masks to suit everybody’s needs. They have:

  • masks with bands
  • silk masks for sensitive skin
  • masks for children
  • exclusive designer and colourful masks for parties
  • bandana style face mask covering the throat and mouth
  • masks in different patterns and colours

How to wear a mask?

  • Sanitise or wash your hands before wearing a mask and after removing it
  • Avoid touching the outer part of the mask and if you do it mistakenly, sanitise your hands
  • Wear a well-fitted mask that covers your mouth and nose and gets secured under your chin
  • Do not wear your mask under your nose, around the neck, on your chin, on your forehead, only on your nose, on your arm
  • While taking your mask off, handle it only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold the outer part corners together
  • Do not touch your eyes, mouth, and nose when removing mask
  • Wash your masks regularly in the washing machine or by hand and dry them before using


  • Masks should not be worn by children below 2 years of age
  • Don’t put masks on people who are unconscious or with breathing trouble

Ensure that you properly select, use, store and clean your mask so that they will protect you best against the virus.

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