The WHO recommends disposing of face masks after one use, but what are the risks of reusing them? Photo: Shutterstock The WHO recommends disposing of face masks after one use, but what are the risks of reusing them? Photo: Shutterstock
The WHO recommends disposing of face masks after one use, but what are the risks of reusing them? Photo: Shutterstock

Coronavirus pandemic

Can we safely reuse disposable face masks? The risks of multiple use, and how to follow the ‘envelope method’ to stay safe

  • Many people around the world have been reusing single-use face masks, to save money or reduce waste
  • Repeatedly used masks release more microfibres, but they don’t enter the deeper airways, say experts

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
The WHO recommends disposing of face masks after one use, but what are the risks of reusing them? Photo: Shutterstock The WHO recommends disposing of face masks after one use, but what are the risks of reusing them? Photo: Shutterstock
The WHO recommends disposing of face masks after one use, but what are the risks of reusing them? Photo: Shutterstock
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