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Q's about 95, 99 masks: How long can we wear a mask, at a stretch? What are side effects of not wearing it properly? What are different ways in which mask is not worn correctly, or what is the correct ways of using the mask? How many days can a single mask be used? Can it be washed, if using thin cloth like mask? Would also be interested to know most effective mask available in NCR.
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Dr. Anil Kumar Jain
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Hello there.  I can understand your concern.  Wearing mask in your case is necessary and normal surgical mask will not do anything. Better than that mask is a hankerchief. You should use N95 or higher mask. You can wear a mask for any amount of time. The best mask if price is not a constraint is a air filter mask. Do not buy chinese roadside mask as they are just made from padded bra. You cannot wash the mask. Different masks has a different life span. On an average N95 mask should come at a lifespan of 3 months on normal usage and on heavy usage, about 1.5 months. Air filter mask comes to about 6-8 months. At home you can use a air purifier or keep some air purifier plants whixh you can buy online or at a botanical garden near you. Best regards. Dr. Anil kumar jain. Bangalore.
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Dr. Ahmed latiwala
General Physician 2 yrs exp Surat
answrs 1 you should wear when you are in pollution, no side effects of not wearing it properly if you not Wear it properly it will not work properly. 2 don't do mask to tight or too lose 3 checking -you can check  mask by normal exhaling and inhaling, at the time of exhaling a mask will expand slightly and at the time of inhaling a mask will collapse slightly 4 mask is not reusable nor washable 5 it is difficult to tell which mask is most effective there is always one mask is better in one thing another is in second thing.
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