Wellness Tips - Masks and Sleeping

Wellness Tips - Masks, Sleeping, and a Note From Nurse Kathy
Posted on 10/05/2020
Wellness Tips - Masks, Sleeping, and a Note From Nurse Kathy

How to Wash Masks

How to clean: Cloth masks should be changed daily and washed as soon as possible. Cloth masks should never be worn two days in a row. Wearing masks more than once without washing, increases the chance of spreading COVID as well as other illnesses. Pediatricians across the country are seeing an increase in Impetigo on children’s faces from wearing dirty masks repeatedly. Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that is highly contagious and easily spread person to person. It requires an antibiotic to cure it and is marked by an amber colored crusting and drainage on the skin around the nostrils or lips. Especially if there is already an open wound or scratch on the skin. It’s recommended that each person have at least 3-4 masks to rotate wearing between washings.
Washing machine: You can include your mask with your regular laundry. Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.
Washing by hand:  Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Use bleach containing 5.25%–8.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use a bleach product if the percentage is not in this range or is not specified. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Ensure adequate ventilation. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) of 5.25%–8.25% bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
4 teaspoons of 5.25%–8.25% bleach per quart of room temperature water
Soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes. Discard the bleach solution down the drain and rinse the mask thoroughly with cool or room temperature water. Make sure to completely dry the mask after washing.
How to dry:
Dryer: Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.
Air dry: Lay flat or hang,  and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the mask in direct sunlight.

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A Note From Nurse Kathy


We are excited to be able to welcome more of our kiddo’s back to school four days a week. With the return of more students present at one time, we must continue to be extremely careful about preventing illness from entering the school building. With that being said, if your child is sick, please keep them at home and call me to discuss their symptoms. Do not medicate them and send them to school. If, after talking, we determine it is safe for them to come to school, then you can bring them in a bit late, or send them the next day. There are DHEC guidelines for illness that we at WEP and our entire district are following very closely with no exceptions.

Every situation is unique, and this is why I ask you to call me and discuss the illness in your child before sending them to school. The best way to stop the spread of illness throughout the school is to not let it enter the building in the first place. This will take everyone of us; parents, students, teachers, nurses, custodians, and administrators all doing our part and working together. We have had great success during the First Nine Weeks here at WEP with keeping illness out of the school. We must all continue to work together.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you and your children.

Kathy Culver, RN

School Nurse at WEP


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