Video: Dr. Ashok Rai, CEO and president of health partner Prevea Health shares the proper way to wear masks

In this video, Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO of Prevea Health—UW-Green Bay’s health partner—discusses the proper way to wear a mask, and why. Don’t forget that first important step… make sure your hands are clean!

Video by Prevea Health

Video text:

Hi everyone, my name is Dr. Ashok Rai and I’m the President and CEO here at Prevea Health, and I’m going to talk to you briefly about how to put a mask on.

Now, the most important first step that a lot of people forget is to make sure your hands are clean before you even start touching your mask. So a little hand sanitizer here. Going to go ahead and get us started with that.

Next thing is you want to know what kind of mask you’re wearing and I’m going to demonstrate today the ones that go around your ears, the ones with ear loops. So you want to make sure you know what the front side is and what the mouth side is. You never want to touch the inside of the mask which would be the mouth and the nose side.

Grab it by the ear loops and then go ahead and start to place it over your nose and your mouth and firmly make sure it’s sitting on your ear loops nice and comfortable. Now if you need to adjust it you adjust it from the front once again never touching the inside.

If you have a little bendable piece of metal in the front you want to form that around your nose and you want to make sure you got a good seal around your nose and right here underneath the chin to make sure respiratory droplets aren’t going to escape. Not that hard to wear not that hard to put on.

Now let’s talk about taking it off. Once again repeating those steps somewhat backwards, taking it off the ear loops making sure I’m not touching the inside.

If I need to store it I’m going to fold it, making sure the inside’s touching the inside, and keep it very carefully, maybe putting it back inside a plastic bag so no other dirt or viruses can get to it.

I hope that helps, and I hope you remember to wear your mask. Take care.

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Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.


Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters, Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology, talking about Why COVID-19 matters to you.

COVID-19 is a respiratory agent and what that means and why that’s important is that it can contaminate surfaces, so we have to be mindful about keeping our hands clean and washing our hands for 20 seconds.

It also means that when we breathe and exhale and when we yell or when we talk and when we cough and we sneeze because this is a respiratory disease, those are all opportunities for the virus to get out in the environment and infect someone else. Given those realities, that’s why hand washing becomes very important and it’s considered to be 20 seconds to be effective. And face coverings very very clearly when both the infected and uninfected when both parties as much face covering and face and mask wearing as we can have the better off we’re going to be. Because it reduces the ability for the virus to be transmitted and to infect other people.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

  • Video Series Introduction with Brian Merkel
  • Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from
  • Part 2: Two main types of viruses
  • Part 3: Why is this virus serious?
  • Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?