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