How to properly wear a face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19?


The World Health Organization recommends that everyone in the general public wear a face mask in public settings in addition to following social distancing and hygiene guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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When to use a mask?
You should wear a mask in the following instances:
  • In public settings where social distancing is impossible (e.g. high traffic urban areas, grocery stores, workplace, airports and public transit).
  • When caring for a person with suspected COVID-19 infection.
  • When caring for a person who is immunocompromised.
  • If you are coughing or sneezing (e.g. allergy season).
Note that children under 2 and anyone who had trouble breathing should not wear a mask.


How to wear a mask? 
When putting on a mask, there are steps you must follow in order for the face covering to be an effective prevention measure:
  • Wash you hands prior to putting on the mask.
  • Hold the mask by the ear loops and place loops around each ear.
  • The mask should fully cover your mouth and nose.
  • Make sure it is snug to your face.
  • Do not touch your mask while using it. If you do, immediately clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or water and soap.


How to safely dispose of a face mask?
When removing your mask:
  • Before removing your mask, wash your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or water and soap.
  • Remove it from behind your head and do not touch the front of the mask.
  • Discard it immediately in a closed bin.
  • Clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or water and soap.
  • Never reuse single-use masks.

Reusable cloth masks should be cleaned after each use. It is recommended to wash cloth masks in a washing machine, using hot water (60° Celsius / 140° Fahrenheit). Ideally, you should buy two or three masks. After washing and drying one of your masks, place it in a Ziplock bag and keep it there for 24 to 48 hours before reusing it.


Check out our Face Mask Guideline flyer for easy instructions on how to wear a face mask. Click here to read the CDC’s directions on how to make your own mask.

Posted: 7/17/2020 9:00:00 AM