The CDC has recommended that everyone use a face covering, or mask, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. To be clear, a face covering will not prevent you from becoming infected with Coronavirus. It will help people who may have the virus but are not experiencing symptoms, from transmitting it to others.
How to Properly Put on a Mask
- Before putting the mask on, carefully clean your hands with either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Determine which side is the front of the mask. This should remain constant.
- Adjust the mask to a size that can be extended over your mouth, nose and chin.
- Hold the mask via the ear loops, making sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Place the loops over your ears.
- Avoid touching the face mask once it is on. If you need to adjust the mask, hand hygiene should be performed both before and after adjusting.
How to Properly Remove Your Mask
- Before removing your mask, make sure you have cleaned your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.
- Remove it by holding the ear loops from behind without touching the front of the mask.
- Place your mask inside a bag for proper washing.
- Carefully clean your hands with either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Mask Washing Recommendations
Wash the face mask in soapy water and/or launder it in warm/hot water and high heat settings after every use.