Please use a face mask!

Use a facemask please
The new coronavirus is transmitted primarily as a droplet infection. Proper use of a face mask can reduce infections by preventing droplets from spreading into the environment. The University of Vaasa requires the use of a face mask on the University premesis and always when visiting, studying or working indoors.

The use of a face mask is mandatory in all situations where people meet each other (e.g. during necessary on-campus meetings, in staff rooms and common areas) unless there is a specific, e.g. health, reason not to use it. You can get a disposable mask from the information desk of Tervahovi, Fabriikki and Tritonia if you have forgotten your mask at home.  

Checklist for mask use

  • Try on different masks to find a model that suits your face and that you can breathe through.
  • Make sure you have as many masks as you need during the day. 
  • Carry with you a bottle of hand sanitiser and extra masks to switch out if necessary.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands before putting on a new or clean mask. Dry your hands carefully.
  • Put the mask on your face well before stepping on board a public transportation vehicle.
  • Make sure that the mask sits tightly against your face and covers your mouth, nose and chin.
  • Do not touch your mask or move it under your chin or on your forehead when wearing it.
  • If you touch the mask while wearing it, wash and disinfect your hands before and after touching it.
  • Do not put on a mask again after you have taken it off. 
  • If your mask gets wet or dirty, replace it with a new one.
  • Remove your mask with clean hands by grasping the ear loops. Do not touch the outside part of the mask when removing it.
  • Put a disposable mask in a waste container directly after you have worn it or a reusable cloth mask to a plastic bag or directly into the washing machine.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands after taking off the mask.
  • Always wash your cloth masks in a 60-degree wash cycle after wearing them or boil them for five minutes in water to which you have added a little bit of detergent. Rinse the mask and hang it to dry in a place with fresh air. Also check the manufacturer-specific recommendations.

Instruction video for how to properly use a face mask (in Finnish).

More information:

The University of Vaasa crisis management team

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