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Do you wear a reusable face mask or a disposable one?

When it comes to wearing a face mask, there is a wide range to choose from and various options and it is a very personal choice.

Wearing a face covering became a condition of entry to indoor public spaces in the UK in late July — and, according to at least one poll, some people haven’t washed their reusable masks or changed their disposable ones since.

As many as 85% of us aren’t washing our fabric face coverings properly in between uses, and 15% have never washed theirs, suggests a YouGov survey from August.

And among those who opt for disposable masks, more than half aren’t binning them after use, but re-wearing them multiple times.

‘A mask is primarily worn to protect others from infected droplets that our breath might release into the air,’ says Dr Tina Joshi, a lecturer in molecular microbiology at the University of Plymouth.

‘It can also help stop us breathing in anyone else’s infected droplets. But it will only work as a barrier if we use it properly.’

That means washing and drying reusable masks in between uses, and disposing of single-use ones after each outing.

Otherwise the mask may become contaminated and any virus on it could spread to the wearer, or to others if it is left lying around the home.

UK Government guidelines advise washing reusable masks ‘in line with manufacturers’ instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric’, while the World Health Organisation recommends washing them ‘at least once a day’.

How are you getting on with your mask and ensuring it is remaining effective? Do you wear a washable or disposable mask? Do you wash or dispose of your mask after each outing?

Do you wear a reusable face mask or a disposable one?

437 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Reusable Disposable

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swaneldo
3 days ago
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My pyjama bottom trouser legs have been nobly sacrificed to make myself 8 facemasks! They are 4-ply; comfy and can be washed over and over again.
NDW57
27th Oct 2020
0
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Reusable and they are laundered after every use. ALL such masks should be treated as hazardous and either washed or disposed of carefully. Not only could they be contaminated with COVID but they could also contain other "bugs" from something as "innocuous" as the common cold virus, through flu and onto the real nasties like TB! If you're out and about and see one of these things chucked on the ground (as I have, far too many times) DO NOT pick them up with your bare hands.
Wilf
27th Oct 2020
0
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I pick them up with a pastic bag as I carry them to pick up litter
Wilf
27th Oct 2020
0
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I pick them up with a plastic bag as I carry them to pick up litter
EllisAardvaark
27th Oct 2020
0
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I can bear a mask for about 10 minutes - long enough to pop into a shop for something but there's no way I can bear it for the supermarket shop. Having mild claustrophobia and sinusitis doesn't help either. I have a clear face shield for the grocery run which luckily hasn't posed a problem in the 3 shops I use. I know they're not as good as masks but I do the hands-face-space things and stay away from people wherever possible. My husband has already had Covid back in Feb/March (now sadly suffering from Long-Covid which is really awful for him) so there's a good chance I've already had it but I'm still not taking any chances!
MarionS
27th Oct 2020
0
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Mainly reusable but keep spare disposable in my handbag for emergencies.
PatriciaR225
27th Oct 2020
0
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Reusable but washed after each use
simbadog
25th Oct 2020
1
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I have a selection of both in my house and car as I live in Spain and their use is compulsory at all times with few exceptions
Happy Hippie
25th Oct 2020
0
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I have to wear both, Reusable when out and about, but work 12-hour hospital shifts, so more in masks than out lol, 10 times harder when you're actually exempt, But better safe than sorry
perteab
24th Oct 2020
2
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I have 5 so can wash them as soon as I get home, I just rotate them. I don’t use the disposable ones as it’s just more landfill
AlisonS922
23rd Oct 2020
0
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My reusable masks are worn once, then have the filter removed and binned. The kettle is boiled and the fabric is covered with the boiling water and left to go cold. Then it's left to dry, fit a new filter and reuse.
gale
23rd Oct 2020
0
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neither I use a visor as I'm asthmatic
JenniferT57
21st Oct 2020
0
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My husband and I normally use reusable masks with a disposable filter. If I have literally popped to the little corner shop and only worn it for a couple of minutes, then I will store it in a plastic box and reuse it. If I have worn it for a major shop, or any other reason where I wear it for a couple of hours, I put it in the wash, washing it in the machine. I have 2 masks so I have another to use when one is in the wash, and 2 boxes so clean mask, clean box. The filter obviously goes in the bin when the mask goes in the wash. I also keep a couple of disposable masks in my handbag in case I, or my husband, forget.
Masks are not a magic protection against Covid, but will help to protect others if I were to have it without realising. Even if they don’t stop every germ, they do cut down the viral load. However, keeping distance and washing hands are still just as vital as they ever were
Valleyman
21st Oct 2020
0
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I use a disposable and bin it each time. Not great for the environment, but there’s more chance of preventing the spread of infection. I’ve tried reusables but have found the ones I tried to be claustrophobic. Also it would be tempting to use a reusable without washing. If you’ve been to the supermarket once then the mask is contaminated. It’s no good saying I’ll wear it a few times then wash it. As for people who wear it under their nose! What is the point? Most people are great about all this change to routine and as a nation we should applaud ourselves. The figures of hospital admissions I saw today scared me. I think we have to be very careful. But not panic.
Speccybecky
21st Oct 2020
1
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Like most other folks it seems. I have a box of disposable masks in the car, not used any yet, I have at least a dozen reusable masks made by my lovely sister, she has made over 1500 and has given them away. It’s so disheartening to see lots of people just not bothering or standing to close without masks just chatting. Also see neighbours having family in their homes when we can’t even see my mother or our grandchildren! Wise up, please!!
Polis
21st Oct 2020
0
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I wear a washable mask and after about 3 times of wearing it, it is put in very hot water with detergent and left for an hour at least (topping up with a kettle once!) then rinsed. I then put it in an old pudding basing with a few drops of Zoflora. We have shopping delivered, so only go out locally to top up, so aren’t really wearing the masks for very long. We were out walking earlier this week and saw 2 masks thrown on the ground and that really annoys me. How difficult is it to just make sure you have a plastic bag with you and pop it in there and throw in bin when you get home! People that complain about having to wear a mask should just stay home then...simple!
Kes
21st Oct 2020
1
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I have reusable masks, with filters. One to wash and one to wear. If I go to the hairdressers, I use a disposable as it can get covered with hair. I chop the loops off and bin it at home. I don’t mind wearing one, it’s important, and sensible, and I avoid going places where they are needed. I’m fed up of people moaning about having to wear them, when it might be for just a very short period of time. They should think about those in the NHS, Carers and others in clinical jobs who have to wear them the whole time they are at work. Far too many people are being allowed into shops when not wearing them, and they do it with impunity as they know they won’t be challenged. It’s about time things got stricter about that. No Mask, No Entry.
BL
21st Oct 2020
0
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Whatever you use, re-usable or disposable, wearing one is better than nothing in helping to protect us all. I have made hundreds of face coverings for self, friends and distributed out to the community. I keep several, each in separate plastic bags, in my handbag and car. I return each face covering after use to it's bag pending my return home and laundering them at 60'. A good blast of steam from the iron after laundering also helps to rid them of any residual contaminants. My preference is for a pleated style of mask because it passes the yawn test, i.e. it stays covering the nose and mouth even whilst talking. Like many others who have commented here, it upsets me to see face coverings and masks just thrown on the ground and not disposed of properly.
Mamabear52
21st Oct 2020
2
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It really annoys me when I see people not using their masks properly, they have them under their nose, under their chin, dangling from one ear or constantly fiddling with them. The mask should cover your nose and mouth, then once on left alone until taken off using the ear hooks and either washed or disposed of.
SueB412
22nd Oct 2020
0
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I saw the best yet yesterday. A man with his really fancy expensive mask, on his forehead! Excellent, if there is any virus droplets that have landed on his head, he will be putting them straight in his lungs!!!!
JacquieL2
21st Oct 2020
0
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We managed only to get a few disposable which we are using as emergency and keep one on us st all times with gloves and sanitizer.

We resusable each one washed after each use out and wearing the spare whilst the first is drying.
Waughy
21st Oct 2020
0
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I wear reusable masks , change it each time I use it. I have disposal able ones in car in case . I forget a face covering
AnneR367
21st Oct 2020
1
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I have reusable ones, three-layer ones made by a friend, washed every time I come back in. I do have disposables in the glovebox in the car in case I forget a reusable one. I have hand sanitiser and try to remember to use it when putting it on and taking it off, but ... I do hate to see the disposables disposed of all over the place. I counted three the other day within yards of a bin right beside a bus stop. I suppose that means they were wearing them on the bus...
HappyHippie
21st Oct 2020
0
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I have asthma and I'm very claustrophobic, I tried the reusable ones at first but couldn't cope, I felt like I couldn't breath, tried the disposable and they felt much lighter and didn't cause me to panic so I'm sticking with them
SueT82
21st Oct 2020
1
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I wear reusable ones as I believe they are better for the planet. I wash them after each use and if I visit more than one shop I change it. I have bought a container to keep them clean. I sanitizer before I put them on and after I take them off. Perhaps I'm over zealous but feel safe doing this I'm sick of seeing the disposal ones just thrown in trolleys or on pavements.
SueB412
21st Oct 2020
0
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I wear a reusable one, which I put in the was each time. However ( there is usually a however!!) I have a disposable emergency mask in the bottom of my bag, for times I forget my reusable one. I have now bought new reusable ones to keep in my bag for emergencies, and intend putting them in the wash and remembering to replace it. (Of course I will remember!!!).
SueB412
21st Oct 2020
0
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Oh forgot to say the disposable emergency mask gets used time and again!
Speccybecky
21st Oct 2020
0
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Not the same one though! Lol
bertieostrich
20th Oct 2020
3
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I just wish people would dispose of the disposables responsibly. Sick of seeing them strewn everywhere.
JE
20th Oct 2020
0
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If I am going out for a quick visit to such as the local shop then I wear a disposable mask. However like Wilf has said, I do admit to wearing it more than once. However, if I am required to wear a mask for a longer period then I use a reusable one, simply because they are not as stifling as the disposable ones, and I do wash that after each time of wearing.
Wilf
20th Oct 2020
-3
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I wear a disposable one but I must admit I use it time and again.when I go to our local Coop for shopping or very occasionally to the garage

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