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Woman Cuts Hole In Face Mask So That It's Easier To Breathe

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Woman Cuts Hole In Face Mask So That It's Easier To Breathe

Footage has emerged online of a woman in America explaining to a retail worker behind a perspex screen why she has cut a hole in her face mask.

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Current guidelines in the UK advise people not to wear face masks unless they are experiencing symptoms related to Covid-19 or are treating patients who are likely to have it.

However, in America, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised everyone to wear cloth face masks in a public setting.

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This woman though, it's safe to say, is doing it all wrong. When she enters the shop, she is filmed by people behind the screen, who (I'm assuming sarcastically) ask her where she got her mask from.

She then tells them that since they've had to wear the masks, cutting the hole in the front makes it 'a lot easier to breathe'. And also to catch coronavirus.

The man she's speaking to jokes: "I'll do that too, thanks for the advice."

People have started to wear face masks in public. Credit: PA
People have started to wear face masks in public. Credit: PA
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Because of course, cutting a hole around your mouth and nose makes wearing the mask essentially a pointless act.

If you'd like to know how to use a face mask in order to help protect you against Covid-19, and other viruses, here's some advice from the World Health Organisation:

  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based handrub or soap and water.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based handrub or soap and water.
Credit: World Health Organisation
Credit: World Health Organisation
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You'll notice a distinct lack of 'cut a hole right at the part you're trying to protect' - I'm sure this lady has been made aware of her mistake and is wearing her mask according to recommended guidelines now.

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Amelia Ward
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