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Tips for Wearing Your Face Mask

Health & Prevention

Wearing a face mask, along with other preventive measures like frequent hand washing and social distancing, can help to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is important that you know how to properly wear a face mask and remove it to ensure you get the full benefit.

Wearing Your Mask

You should wear a face mask whenever you are in a public setting where social distancing is difficult to maintain, like when grocery shopping or on public transportation. Additionally:

  • Leave your mask on for as long as you can tolerate to reduce potential for contamination during removing and placing back on (ideally only when eating and when alone).
  • Avoid touching the mask while in use. If you do, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Your mask should be discarded or washed if deformed, moist, or contaminated.

To properly wear a mask, whether cloth or disposable:

  • Mold or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose, if applicable.
  • Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin
  • Make sure there is a snug fit

Avoid improperly wearing your mask:

  • No gaps
  • Do not hang from neck
  • Do not dangle below chin/nose

Removing Your Mask

  • Untie your mask or lift off the ear loops. Do not touch the front of the mask or your face.
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.
  • If reusable, regularly launder your mask in the washing machine.

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