Use masks scientifically; N95 masks can be used only 3 times
Thiruvananthapuram: Though it is ideal to use N95 masks only once, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has suggested a scientific method to use it multiple times considering its high price, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
Buy at least five N95 masks together. If the mask is not polluted after using once, keep it in a paper cover. Then use other four masks in the same way. On the sixth day, use the first mask again. In this method, a mask can be used upto 3 times. N95 masks should not be used continuously or more than 3 times this way.
While using cloth masks, they should be rinsed using water and detergent and dried under sun. During monsoon, even after drying masks should be ironed to get rid of moisture completely. Surgical masks can be used only once. It can be used for 6-8 hours maximum.
Unscientific use of masks will lead to diseases. But fake messages are being circulated regarding the connection between masks and black fungus disease. In fact, wearing masks properly will help prevent diseases including black fungus, the CM said.