HOW TO WEAR A FACEMASK
Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.
- Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on a facemask.
- Do NOT touch the facemask when wearing it. If you have to often touch/adjust your facemask, it doesn’t fit you properly, and you may need to find a different facemask or make adjustments.
DO WEAR A FACEMASK THAT:
- Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Fits snugly against the sides of your face.
HOW TO TAKE OFF A FACEMASK
- Carefully, untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
- Handle only by the ear loops or ties
- Fold the outside corners together
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your facemask and wash hands immediately after removing
HOW TO CLEAN A FACEMASK
Reusable facemasks should be washed regularly. Always remove facemasks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used facemask.
- Include your facemask with your regular laundry
- Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the facemask
- Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry
Correct and consistent facemask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Facemasks work best when everyone wears them, but not all facemasks provide the same protection. When choosing a facemask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.
TWO IMPORTANT WAYS TO MAKE SURE YOUR FACEMASK WORKS THE BEST IT CAN
- Make sure your facemask fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the facemask.
- Pick a facemask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out. A facemask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets getting inside your facemask or escaping from your facemask if you are sick.
TIPS OF MASKING BETTER FACEMASK
Choose a facemask with a Nose Wire.
- A nose wire is a metal strip along the top of the facemask
- Nose wires prevent air from leaking out of the top of the facemask.
- Bend the nose wire over your nose to fit close to your face.
Use a Mask Fitter or Brace.
- Use a facemask fitter or brace over a disposable facemask or a cloth facemask to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the facemask.
Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin.
- Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the facemask.
- Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the facemask.
- If the facemask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the facemask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.
Add Layers of material.
2 ways to layer are:
- Use a cloth facemask that has multiple layers of fabric.
- Wear one disposable facemask underneath a cloth facemask.
- The second facemask should push the edges of the inner facemask against your face.
Make sure you can see and breathe easily
Knot and Tuck ear loops of a 3-ply facemask.
- Knot the ear loops of a 3-ply facemask where they join the edge of the facemask.
- Fold and tuck the unneeded material under the edges.
DON’TS OF MASKING
Combine two disposable masks
- Disposable masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit.
Combine a KN95 mask with any other mask.
- Only use one KN95 mask at a time.