Wearing a mask in the rain is not the same as wearing one out in the sun. Here are a few things to think about now that the weather is changing.
As the days go on, we get further away from summer and closer to autumn, sorry to everyone who loves the sun. And although we are now familiar with and know how to wear our masks in the sun, we’re not really used to wearing them in the rain yet.
So, how do you wear a mask properly in the rain? There are a few things you need to think about and most importantly, you need to make sure that your mask never gets wet or damp. As explained by the French Standardisation Association:
The degree of protection when wearing a mask is measured by the static electricity of the fibres in the fabric which stop droplets of saliva from escaping. However, when the mask gets wet, this static electricity disappears and the droplets can escape easier.
The Directorate-General of the French Ministry of Health also explains that:
If your mask gets wet, it is very important that you change it because it is no longer guaranteed to work effectively.
Here are some tips on how to correctly wear a mask in autumn and winter: take an umbrella with you when you go out so that it doesn’t get wet, or take a few spares with you just in case. And don’t bother trying to dry your reusable mask with a hairdryer. As one doctor explained, a mask is ‘a sterile structure which is made to stop the virus, but when you use hot air on it, you completely destroy the sterility and as a result, the mask becomes useless.’