Friday, 05 March 2021 | 23:19 WIB

These Face Masks Should Not Be Used in Layers

These Face Masks Should Not Be Used in Layers (wikimedia)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Spokesperson of the Indonesian COVID-19 Handling Task Force Prof. Wiku Adisasmito says that there are several masks combinations that cannot be used at the same time, for example wearing two medical masks together.

The reason is that some medical masks are not made to be used in double layers,as it will not improve the filtration.

“Do not use a KN95 mask with other masks. It is better for us to just use KN95 mask and not double the layers with other masks. It is not recommended to use it with other masks, as the first layer or other layers," he said on Thursday (02/18/2021).

Wiku urged people to avoid wearing masks which have air valves because it has potential for the virus to enter through the valves. For cloth masks or medical masks, it can improve its sensitivity to prevent viruses.

"There are various ways: wearing masks which have wire that can be adjusted to the nose shape or mask brackets that can adapt to our face shape," he said.

Other ways are by tying the mask rubbers to our ears and folding the mask so that it covers our nose and mouth completely. We also have to pay attention to the mask's filtration ability in filtering the air.

"Wearing a mask is one of the important ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contagion and spreading. Wearing a mask properly is better than not wearing a mask at all," Wiku continued.

People are asked to be consistent in wearing a mask with whoever they are with, including the time when they are at home. Wearing a mask properly and diligently might decrease the contagion so that the positive cases can shrink to the points where there are no cases left.

The statement is delivered because wearing a mask properly as an effort to follow the health protocol is proven to be effective in preventing the virus from entering our body. Recently, the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC), on February 13th 2021, recommends a new way of wearing a mask which is a double mask. Wearing double masks means wearing a medical mask layered with a cloth mask.

"A recent research done in a lab shows that the combination of double masks gives a better protection for the users and other people, compared to just using cloth mask or medical mask," says Prof. Wiku.