The main purpose of using face mask in the public is to prevent potential air-borne pathogen particle (COVID-19 particles in the current time) from entering through nose or mouth. Creating opening for sipping straws or wide opening for eating is totally off. When you do that, you can potentially introduce unwanted particles at the back of your cloth-made or regular face mask into your mouth and lungs. This implies you may be aiding ingestion of what you are preventing. Use face mask properly, when and where it is applicable. While using one, if you want drink liquid or eat food outside, do it in proper and safer ways:
- Clean your hands with sanitizer.
- Remove your face mask.
- Take your food and/or drinks in safety-conscious restaurants and public food centers.
- Use your face mask again after eating and sipping your drinks.
- When you get home, wash your cloth-made face mask or dispose the disposable ones safely.