We encourage our patients to wear their surgical and N95 (or equivalent) without any gapping at the nose or sides.
Do the SNIFF test — If you can smell coffee or smoke your mask is allowing airflow in from the sides, rendering it less effective
Do the PUFF TEST — if you blow in and out strongly does your mask puff in and out? Or do you feel a breeze on your cheeks and eyes?
Do your glasses fog up?
Facial hair will prevent a good seal.
- Loop 3 elastics together and loop the outer ones around your ears. Fit the middle one around your nose and chin to increase the seal of the mask
- Tie the side loops tight against the mask and tuck in the sides
- Tape the bridge of the nose with medical tape or BandAid