Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably found yourself stocking up on essentials. And during these times, few things seem as essential as face masks. But is it really a good idea to stock up on these? Do face masks expire? In this article, you’ll learn how long your face masks will last for- and how to use them most effectively.
The Importance of Face Coverings
Let’s start with the facts: Covering your nose and mouth in public is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is because the disease is spread via respiratory droplets. A mask blocks your droplets from spreading, while also blocking other people’s droplets from reaching you. This means that they not only prevent you from getting other people’s germs, but also prevent your germs from spreading. Since some people have COVID without having any symptoms, it’s important to wear these masks to keep yourself- and those around you- healthy.
Do Face Masks Expire?
Grabbing a few extra face masks when shopping is a great way to make sure you have enough in the future. However, grabbing too many might not be the best idea. Disposable face masks will have a best-by date on their packaging, just like food items. While this date will probably be a few years away, it’s still important to use the masks before this date for the best protection.
Disposable Vs. Reusable Masks
So do face masks expire? The answer is yes- if you are talking about disposable masks. Reusable face masks can be washed and safely reused, making them a great option to stock up on. Wash the masks according to their package instructions and hang them to dry for best results.
Getting the Best Results
Regardless of the type of mask you wear, it is important to wear it correctly. Make sure your mask covers both your nose AND mouth. Also, avoid masks that have valves as these can allow respiratory droplets to escape. Generally speaking, wear the mask that is most comfortable for you. This will keep you- as well as those around you- safe and healthy.
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