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How to use a face mask

Do you find it difficult to keep your distance from others when taking a bus, train or in other situations indoors in public places? Then you must wear a face mask.

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A face mask can prevent you from infecting others and reduce the risk of becoming infected yourself. If you use it incorrectly, the chance of you getting infected will increase.
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In Bergen municipality it is mandatory to use face masks on public transport or indoors in public spaces where it is impossible to maintain at least one-metre distance. The measures applies from Thursday 29 October and for four weeks ahead.

Face masks for students

Students who needs face masks in connection with transport to and from campus, can get this at the Information centre at their faculty and at Sammen's Service Center at Fantoft, as soon as UiB has distributed fask masks to these locations. 

Examination, tuition and campus

Bergen municipality states that everyone must wear a face mask indoors and outdoors in a public place where you can not keep the recommended distance of one meter.

Campus is considered a public place. Inside UiB's premises, however, it is planned that everyone will be able to keep a sufficient distance from others. In the examination rooms, there will be a distance of two meters between the desks. It will also be possible to keep the recommended distance in teaching rooms and at student workplaces / reading rooms. Hence, it is not mandatory to wear a face mask indoors when you are going to have an exam, attend classes or use one of UiB's student workplaces.

In case of infection detection, all students are asked to register their seat number at the student workplace or in the auditorium.

Approved by local health authorities

All infection control plans have been drawn up in consultation with the occupational health service at UiB, the infection control office in Bergen municipality and national health authorities.

Different types of face masks

We distinguish between medical and cloth face masks.

Medical face mask: Face mask manufactured for use by health workers and meeting the applicable standards. When you need to wear a face mask, use a type 1 mask. Type 2 should be reserved for health workers.

Cloth face mask: Homemade or factory-produced face mask made of cloth or other washable material. Cloth face masks are not governed by any standards, and their filtration performance (degree of protection) is unknown. 

How to use a medical face mask correctly

  1. Wash your hands before you put on the face mask.
  2. Hold the elastic band on the sides of the face mask and fasten it behind your ears. Avoid touching the face mask itself with your hands when you put it on.
  3. Make sure the face mask fits tight to your face and covers your nose and chin.
  4. Use each face mask only once.
  5. Change to a fresh face mask if it gets damp or if you take it off to eat etc.
  6. Throw the used face mask into a bin the moment you take it off.
  7. Wash your hands after removing or touching the face mask.

How to use a cloth face mask correctly

  1. Wash your hands before you put on a cloth face mask.
  2. Hold the elastic band on the sides of the cloth face mask and fasten it behind your ears. Avoid touching the cloth face mask itself with your hands when you put it on.
  3. Make sure the cloth face mask fits tight to your face and covers your nose.
  4. Change to a clean cloth face mask if it gets damp or if you take it off to eat etc.
  5. Wash your hands after removing or touching the cloth face mask.
  6. Store the used cloth face mask in a closed plastic bag until you can wash it.
  7. Cloth face masks must be washed at 60 degrees between uses.

Incorrect use of a face mask may increase your chance of getting infected

Here are some rules of thumb for how not to use a face mask:

  • Don’t move the face mask onto your chin.
  • Don’t move the face mask beneath your nose.
  • Don’t move the face mask over your forehead.
  • Don’t cross the elastic.
  • Don’t touch the face mask with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t have the face mask halfway on.
  • Don’t carry the face mask on your arm.
  • Don’t take the face mask off and put it on again several times. 

Do you have questions regarding the use of face masks? Please see information at helsenorge.no

How to wear a medical mask safely
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World Health Organization