It’s important to come to terms with the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is not going away anytime soon, and that we must all wear a face mask to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
That said, an Australian expert has warned that just wearing them isn’t enough. We’ve got to think of our masks like underwear and keep them, clean, personal, and on.
“Assume your mask is like underwear. So don’t take it off in the middle of the public. Don’t fiddle with it in the middle of public, don’t share them with somebody else.
“The concept of actually taking your underwear off in public and putting them on a kitchen bench is horrible — but that’s effectively what you are doing,” Bruce Thompson from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne told the AAP on Monday.
Thompson further added that you should have as many masks as you have underwear, so between six to 12 masks. (If you don’t have at least six pairs of underwear that’s a whole other issue.)
These masks should be used on rotation and washed as regular as possible. Just like you wouldn’t wear the same pair of dirty underwear all week, do not wear the same unwashed mask all week.
Getting your collection of cloth face masks as soon as possible should be a high priority as well. Melbourne is experiencing a surge in already high demand for face masks after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced they will be mandatory in public in the city from 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.
Victoria is currently under threat of a second wave of the coronavirus, the state has so far confirmed 275 new cases since yesterday, a significant rise from May’s high of 30 daily cases. Australia has managed to keep infections relatively low with under 12,000 infections and 118 deaths, just a fraction of the 3.5 million confirmed cases, and 137,000 deaths in the United States.
Most Australians are getting weird over the COVID-19 restrictions. Last week, a member of the ACT Policing COVID-19 Taskforce told people that, while nudity is perfectly acceptable within their own home, they might want to cover up when greeting visitors.
“I’d also particularly like to thank the people in isolation for the warm reception they’ve shown police, although some of them may need a reminder to put some clothes on before they open the door for a compliance check,” said Detective Superintendent Jason Kennedy. “We did get a few surprises on the weekend.”