Face Coverings (How-To Guide) COVID-19

April 09, 2020

Use of Cloth Face Coverings

What the CDC says about Face Coverings

The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering when going out in public (like grocery stores and pharmacies).  Here is some key information:

  • Some people may have the virus and not have any symptoms–the face covering can help prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • Do NOT place a face covering on:
    • children under 2 years old
    • a person with trouble breathing
    • an unconscious person
    • a person who cannot take off the mask without help from others
  • Surgical masks and N-95 masks should be reserved for health care workers.

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before touching or putting on the covering.
  • Do NOT touch the covering when using it in public.
  • Do NOT take the covering off when using it in public.
  • The face covering should:
    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • cover your mouth AND nose
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Taking Off Cloth Face Coverings

  • Take the covering off when you get home being in public.
  • When taking the covering off your face:
    • do NOT touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
    • do NOT touch the front of the mask–untie it from the back.
  • Wash your hands right away after taking the mask off.

Cleaning Cloth Face Coverings

  • Wash the face covering routinely.
    • Wash more often if you use the face covering often

Wash your hands immediately again after you have washed

How to Make a Face Covering

Information compiled and provided by the Community Health Program at Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC).  Contact the CDC, health department, or specific entity mentioned to assure accuracy and up-to-date nature of information.