Reusable cloth masks are the new normal as we enter Phase 2. Unlike surgical face masks, which are disposed of after every wear, reusable cloth masks require a bit more care since you have to wash them. And some of us might find that the reusable face masks aren’t fitting us as well compared to the disposable option.
While not as effective as surgical masks, cloth masks still do offer some basic protection and are better than having none at all. According to Dr Teo Tee Hui, council member of The Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), cotton reusable masks can provide up to 60 per cent of filtration efficiency.
But that is only if they are worn properly. Like surgical masks, reusable masks must also fit well to the face to ensure droplets do not travel. This has become an issue for some, however, as our faces are not uniform in size and what works for one may not work for another.
To help the rest of the nation out, some kind souls have shared some nifty guides to help us customise the masks to our face shapes. There’s even a tip for parents!
Take a look at them below.