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Microwave Your Face Mask to Clean It? a Viral Video Is False

Many countries around the globe are suffering from a shortage of PPE kit and much other equipment that is used as a protection against coronavirus. The face mask is one of the important equipment among these which is in demand nowadays and its shortage has become a great problem for the government of some countries. Now social media has come up with ways about how to reuse the face mask by different means of sanitisation. Though many of the facts circulating about the face mask are fake.

What is the claim made in the viral post:

A post about how to sanitise the face mask is going viral on social media. The post was posted on Facebook by Facebook shared by a user named Loni Martin claimed that those who are wearing fabric mask after using the mask they should place the mask place in a ziplock bag and keep it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes in order to sanitize the mask and in this way you could use the mask again and again.

What’s the reality of the post:

The claim made by the post is totally fake and the way of sanitising told in the post is wrong. Going through the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) shows that cloth face coverings should be washed regularly after use but the way of sanitising mask told in the video was not mentioned anywhere.

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How to Clean and Sanitize your Homemade Face Cover Everyday:

The real way of sanitising the face mask after use is that face cover should be washed with soap and hot water after use and then should be kept in the sun to dry. If someone doesn’t have the access to the sun he could use the other way in which he should keep the face mask in the water and should pressure boil it in a pressure cooker for at least 10 minutes and then leave the mask to dry. Adding salt to the water will be more effective in the above case. The other option is washing face mask with soap and then applying heat to it for which you could use iron.