Face Masks: Washing and Fogging

Young woman shows self-made mask to protect against viruses and bacteria

Americans are venturing outdoors. As the protests sparked by George Floyd's murder continue around the country, many people are wearing masks as they take to the streets.

But wearing a mask is not as simple as your favorite hospital drama makes it seem.

Two common questions are answered by medical experts:

FOGGING: Sunglasses get steamed up because your breath escapes from around the nose. Either adjust the mask for a snug fit. Or wash your lenses with dish soap. The anti-streaking ingredients in ordinary dish soap prevents fogging.

WASHING: Homemade masks must be laundered. How often depends. Consider washing your mask as often as you do the laundry. Alternatively, wash by hand and air dry your mask.

(The Wall Street Journal)

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