HEALTHCARE

FACE MASKS

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  Here's some helpful information about face masks and how to best use them to protect yourself from COVID-19.

Wearing a face mask can reduce the risk of people who may be māuiui with a cold or the flu, or people who have COVID-19 but have no symptoms spreading the virus to others. A face mask can help stop infectious droplets spreading when they speak, laugh, cough or sneeze.  

 

 

 

Using face masks effectively 

  • Never share face masks with other people

  • Face masks should not be worn by young children or anyone unable to remove the mask without assistance

  • Face masks should not be worn by people who have difficulty with breathing

How to safely put on a face mask

  • Ensure your face mask is not damaged, is clean and dry

  • Wash and dry your hands or use a hand sanitiser before putting your mask on

  • Lace the mask over your nose and mouth and secure with ties or loops.  Make sure the mask fits snugly, moulded to your face and around your nose. 

  • Make sure the masks fully covers your nose, mouth and chin.

  • Your mask should be comfortable, with no gaps around the mask and your face, and allow you to breathe easily.

 

While wearing a face mask

  • Don’t  touch the front of the face mask. If you do, wash and dry your hands thoroughly

  • Avoid touching your face, as infection can still be introduced by touching your eyes or if you are not wearing your face mask correctly

  • Face masks should not be moved during use. This includes pulling the mask up or down below your chin. 

  • If you need to remove your mask (for example to eat) remove it safely, dispose of it appropriately (or wash if a home-made facial covering or cloth mask) and wash and dry your hands. 

  • Replace the mask if it becomes damp, damaged or soiled.

 

How to safely remove a face mask

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitiser. 

  • Remove the face mask from behind (do not touch the front of the mask) by untying the ties or removing the loops and pull it away from your face.

  • Be careful not to touch your eyes , nose or mouth when removing your mask

  • Clean or dispose of the mask appropriately (see the following).

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitiser. 

 

Safely disposing of single-use face mask

  • Dispose in a closed rubbish bin or place into a bag and seal before putting into a rubbish tine or taking home

  • After disposing, wash and dry your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitiser

  • Do not re-use or try to disinfect single-use disposable face masks

 

Cleaning home-made facial coverings or cloth masks

Wash the mask in a washing machine with detergent at 60 degrees Celsius 

After putting the mask in the washing machine.  Wash and dry your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitiser. 

Dry the mask completely before you use it again, Do not use a damp mask.  

 

 

COVID-19 Protection Framework

 

The appropriate use of masks in public, depends on the traffic light setting. 

 

At all traffic light settings

  

If you are unwell in the community with COVID -19 symptoms, you should stay at home and seek medical advice. If you are asked to undertake a test it is recommended that you wear a face mask during your travel to the appropriate testing facility. 

 

At the Green traffic light setting – there is limited community transmission and our health system is ready to respond. As long as you provide your My Vaccine Pass you can enter places and events without masks. 

 

At the Orange traffic light setting – Reduce it is mandatory to wear a face mask on all public transport. It is also recommended that if you are unable to maintain a 2m physical distance from others when in public places that you wear a face mask or face covering.  

 

  • Keep you distance from other people (2 metres in public)

  • Wash your hands often

  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow

  • Keep a track of where you have been and who you have seen (you can use the NZ COVID Tracer App, keep a diary or take a photo with your phone)

  • Download and use your My Vaccine Pass at venues and events

 

Information for kōhanga reo, kura and wānanga

At school, face coverings are not required for students under the age of twelve years 

Secondary and university students are encouraged to wear face coverings, as are all teachers if practicable

 

At traffic light Red –  Restrict - the risk of COVID -19 in the community is high.  

Wearing a mask on public transport is mandatory and it is highly recommended that you wear a mask when you are out in public. 

 

  • You should stay in your bubble, whenever you are not at work or school.  

  • Keep your distance – 2 metres from others in public

  • Wash your hands often

  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow

  • Keep a track of where you have been and who you’ve seen ( you can use the NZ COVID Tracer App, keep a diary or take a photo on your phone)

  • Download and use your My Vaccine Pass at venues and events.