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L'mandatory mask, in some areas of the country, and the doubt whether to put it or not to put it, so many end up putting it that you never know, puts us in front of several logistical problems because we are not used to wearing them as on the contrary the inhabitants are of many parts of Asia, for example. The elastic or the lacing loosen, continuing up and down, they get dirty when we place them around the house, we can't scratch our nose, or even put our fingers in it .... The biggest problems, however, are two, the first is that no one sees us smile but we do not realize it and we do it anyway hoping for an answer that we will never know if it arrives. The second is "how not to make your goggles with goggles fog up?”
There are also secondary ones that we will encounter with the arrival of the heat, which will make us sweat a lot with the mask, making us uncomfortable moreover drinking, and with the arrival of a few more degrees of freedom. In fact, it seems that the mask, whether it works or not, will remain "recommended" for a long time, as well as the social distance, so we will find ourselves doing many activities with the mask in front of the nose and mouth. How will we manage? There are many parodies on the web that can help us imagine how we should change our mindset, we will see in the months to come, without asking too many questions now, how the situation will evolve. In here and now we begin to understand how not to make goggles fog up, which is urgent for those with glasses, believe me.
How not to make your goggles with goggles fog up in Japan
In Japan because the advice comes from there but it doesn't work only in the Land of the Rising Sun! We turn our gaze to the Japan not by chance and not because the Olympics will be celebrated there in 2021, but because they know they are there mask since they wear them a lot because of the pollution. The problem we are facing is transversal and unites all peoples of the Earth, I specify it for those who still care about races, because it exists beyond our face, the color of our skin and the shape of our eyes and ours. cheeks.
To understand how to go around with glasses AND with a mask, we hang from the lips of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department that to meet the citizens has drawn up a real mini video booklet to give instructions and leave no excuses to those who do not want to wear these protections. Let's listen to them and experiment, they are three valid methods, even if at times a little funny, to get by better as we have done so far.
How not to make your goggles with a mask fog up: the handkerchief
Let's take a paper handkerchief, trying not to waste one every time but to reuse it, otherwise goodbye attention to the environment. Let's fold it and insert it in the upper part of the mask, on the edge, so that it rests on the nose. Of course, it is not particularly beautiful to look at but even the mask is certainly not something aesthetic. However, this handkerchief that comes out of the mask has a magical effect for those with glasses because it prevents thebreath of misting us up the lenses.
- Pros: use of the entire surface of the mask
- Cons: waste of handkerchiefs and unsightly
How not to make your goggles with goggles fog up: the fold
If it is not convenient for us to put a handkerchief on the nose, let's try the second method always recommended by Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. This time we don't need anything but we have to sacrifice a bit of a mask and someone might be afraid of not protecting themselves properly. The advice of the Japanese experts is to fold the upper quarter of the bottom trim. This once again prevents the breath from misting our lenses and creating condensation.
- Pros: no waste of handkerchiefs
- Cons: surface waste of the mask
How not to make your goggles with goggles fog up: the liquid
This suggestion is on the web, we leave it to you to experiment, you can try, certainly you do not damage the masks so it is not a dangerous attempt. Those who have tried to find a DIY method have thought about getting one anti-fog liquid applying it on the lenses. After about ten seconds, to make it take effect, we can clean the lenses and put the mask on as if we did not have glasses.
- Pros: no waste of handkerchiefs
- Cons: purchase of the liquid
But this is not a big investment, we can easily get it online for less than 10 euros.
How to use masks and gloves correctly: videotutorial
In the following video tutorial, exclusively for IdeeGreen, the Dr. Alessandro Giardino, General Surgeon, shows us how to properly wear a surgical mask (also avoiding fogging of the glasses) and how we must put on and remove latex gloves to avoid the risk of contamination.
Type of masks
These methods are valid for all types of masks, types that you may have heard of several times, perhaps making a bit confusing, at least initially, because there are many and in fact most of us have never really cared about them.
Let's recap, starting from a certainty: all devices on the market must have the CE mark, are devices for "respiratory protection from biological risk" and must comply with the requirements of the European standard UNIEN149 which classify devices in FFP1, FFP2, FFP3, where FF means Filtering Half Mask.
For medical and health care, who most of all probably need to be in contact with Covid-19 patients, or family members who care for them, the recommended masks are those of class FFP2 or FFP3. These masks have a filtering efficiency of 92% and 98%. FFP1s are not good because they have a 78% filtering efficiency and are insufficient to protect against the virus.
The most common type, among those who do not work in contact with infected people, is that of masks called surgical. What are they for? They do not protect us but protect those who meet us because, if we were positive asymptomatic, they prevent the virus from spreading outside. They do not adhere perfectly to the face, and in fact the glasses fog up, but they are suitable for the sick or for those who are immunosuppressed subject, or to those who work closely with categories at risk of contagion.
It is difficult to comment on the mandatory nature of these devices because the situation is constantly changing, there are also different positions within the world of science, for which the citizens themselves try to understand what is best to do and the majority, myself included, wear surgical suits that "at best do nothing, but maybe they are useful", above all now that i know how not to make your goggles with goggles fog up. :-)