Reportedly cloth face masks worn during the coronavirus pandemic should be washed regularly, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health experts recommend wearing a mask made from cotton fabric, such as T-shirts, or scarves and bandannas, when you are outside and unable to maintain social distancing from others. The covering should be washed daily after use, says Penni Watts, an assistant professor at the university of Alabama at Birmingham’s school of Nursing.
It is best to clean your mask in a washing machine or with soap and hot water. The mask should be dried completely. Dry it in a hot dryer, if possible. Watts advises storing the clean, dry mask in a new paper bag to keep it safe from germs. The CDC has urged people to use washable cloth coverings to ensure there are enough surgical and N95 masks for medical workers. cases are spiking from india to south africa and mexico in a clear indication the pandemic is far from over, while russia and brazil now sit behind only the united states in the number of reported infections.
The surges come as much of Asia, europe and scores of US states have been easing lockdowns to restart their economies as new infections wane. US autoworkers, French teachers and Thai mall workers are among hundreds of thousands of employees back at work with new safety precautions. russia reported a steady rise in new infections tuesday, and new hot spots have emerged across the nation of about 147 million. russia registered nearly 9,300 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to almost 300,000 infections, about half of them in Moscow. Authorities say over 2,800 people with Covid-19 have died in russia, a figure some say is surely higher. Some experts argue Russian authorities have been listing chronic illnesses as the cause of death for many who tested positive for the virus. Officials angrily deny manipulating statistics, saying Russia's low death toll reflects early preventive measures and broad screening. Nearly 7.4 million tests have been conducted.