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How to properly wear a cloth mask

Last Modified: 5/08/2020

In addition to social distancing and proper hand washing, wearing a cloth mask in public settings and when in the company of others outside the home can help as we continue working to help slow the spread of COVID-19. A covering like this can help people who may not know they have the virus, either because they are not showing symptoms (asymptomatic) or will eventually develop symptoms (pre-symptomatic) from transmitting it to others.

It’s important for those wearing a cloth mask to remember the following guidelines, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cloth masks

Wear the mask properly

•Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
•Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
•Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
•Make sure you can breathe easily
•Do not place a mask on a child younger than 2

Use the mask to protect others

•Wear a face covering to protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms
•Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public
•Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead
•Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, clean your hands

Follow everyday health habits

•Stay at least 6 feet away from others
•Avoid contact with people who are sick
•Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
•Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Take off your cloth face covering carefully, when you’re home

•Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
•Handle only by the ear loops or ties
•Fold outside corners together
•Place covering in the washing machine
•Wash your hands with soap and water

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