A man wearing his face mask correctly during COVID-19.
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How to Properly Wear Your Face Mask

Aug 12 2020

It is important to wear a face mask as we fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. However, if you are not wearing your face mask properly, you are not protecting your health and the health of those around you.

When using a face mask, be sure to:

  • Wash your hands before putting it on.
  • Place it over your nose and mouth. It also needs to be secure under your chin.
  • Make sure it is fitted against the sides of your face.
  • Check that you can easily breathe.

You should wear a face mask if you’re in public around people who don’t live in your house, especially when social distancing may be a challenge. It can help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19, even if you aren’t showing symptoms.

When wearing a mask, do not:

  • Wear it over your mouth but not your nose.
  • Put it around your neck or on your forehead. This can transfer germs back to your nose and mouth.
  • Touch the face covering. If you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately.

Once you are home, you may remove your face covering. However, to do so most effectively and safely, you should:

  • Untie the strings or stretch the ear loops. Be sure to only handle the mask by the strings or loops.
  • If you have a cloth mask, immediately place it in the washing machine. If your mask is disposable, throw it away.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the mask, and wash your hands immediately after removing.

In addition to wearing a face mask, you should also practice safe social distancing habits by staying at least six feet away from others. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Also, avoid interacting with people who are feeling sick and limit your interactions with others who are not in your household.

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