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Is it Okay to Use a Face Mask That Has Been Sneezed On?

Is it Okay to Use a Face Mask That Has Been Sneezed On? (special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Have you ever sneezed while wearing a face mask? If yes, have you ever questioned the mask's appropriateness after it was sneezed on?

Professor Zubairi Djoerban, Head of COVID-19 Task Force at the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI), said that the mask will get wet so it becomes ineffective.

"Whether it gets wet because of the water we drink, sweat, or anything, we have to change to a new face mask. The mask is not ideal anymore," he emphasized, as quoted from his twitter account on Monday (02/22/2021).

The point is, a mask is an important tool to slow down the spread of Coronavirus until people receive vaccination.

“We have to remember that Coronavirus is still in the middle of research. Therefore, the prevention we have been doing nowadays might change due to the new research findings," he said.

The key is we have to wear a mask that fits our face and covers our nose and mouth fully. If there is a hole around the nose, chin, or cheeks area, then the protection does not work anymore.

How about people who feel comfortable wearing a mask but their noses are not covered?

"It will be useless. Our nose is where the Coronavirus enters our body," Zubairi said.

There are some people who say that a mask can influence our ability to breath. Is that true?

A medical mask and a cloth mask do not influence oxygenation and the breathing quality. For example, medical workers have been working for several hours wearing face masks, and they have no problem with it.