Disposable masks are being worn 3 times longer than recommended


According to a new survey, disposable masks are being worn on average for 12 hours – three times longer than is considered optimal.

The study, carried out by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU), found that on average, reusable fabric masks are worn about 13 hours before being washed; and those that have a filter, such as the FFP2, up to 21 hours – far higher than the four hours indicated by the Ministry of Health.

The OCU warns, in line with health expert advice, that exceeding the advisable time of use compromises the filtration efficiency and increases the risk of infecting Covid-19.

“The wearing time of masks is lengthened much more than recommended, something that directly affects its filtration capacity, efficiency and safety,” said OCU.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
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