Face Mask Pioneers
Promoting safe facemask use to individuals and communities and providing free masks and coaching to those in need.
You can be a Pioneer. Take part in our free online 25-minute workshop. We take you through simple to follow safe use guidelines. We give you the tools and resources to share information and distribute masks.
Pioneers open paths for others to follow.
The simple rules that help to keep you safe
What’s the first thing to do before putting on my facemask?
Does it matter that my mask is a good fit?
Is it ok to adjust the mask while I am wearing it?
No. Avoid touching the front of the mask you are wearing. If there is COVID in the air it can cluster on the front of your mask. Always handle the mask safely.
How do I handle my mask safely?
Why must the mask cover your mouth and nose and be a close fit to your face?
Why must you never touch the front of your mask?
What do I do if I need to take off my mask when I am out?
Facemasks are new, we have to think about
When do I need to wear my facemask?
To use facemasks safely, how many do I need?
Do facemasks stop me catching COVID?
References and Further Reading
All the information and guidance we have used in our briefing is based on World Health Organisation guidelines
The mask we offer is based on the experience of Thanet Facemasks, a voluntary group that distributed over 10,000 masks to carers in Thanet so it has been tried and tested. The feedback was excellent. The specification is two layers of 100% cotton. This is a good specification.
When choosing a mask there are 3 things to keep in mind
Effectiveness of material and design in preventing Covid-19 transmission
Breathability (this relates directly to the length of wear)
Ease and safety of use
Here are some links to articles on Materials
Good article on how virus’s work and when we need to use masks and other precautions
An excellent resource on the case for masks and guidance on homemade masks
DISCLAIMER All our masks and guidance provision is based on developing and sharing good practice. The responsibility for using masks remains the sole decision and responsibility of the wearer.
Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us to develop the Facemask Pioneers Campaign and provide ‘no sweat’ facemasks to people in need. This is supporting individuals and communities to protect themselves, each other and the environment.