Use Masks to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.How to SelectWhen selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts.DO choose masks thatHave two or more layers of washable, breathable fabricCompletely cover your nose and mouthFit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gapsDO NOT choose Masks thatAre made of fabric that makes it hard to breath, for example, vinylHave exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escapeAre intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masksSpecial ConsiderationsGaiters & face shieldsWear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layersNot recommended: Evaluation of face shields is ongoing, but effectiveness is unknown at this time.GlassesIf you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging.ChildrenFind a mask that is made for children to help ensure proper fitCheck to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin and that there are no gaps around the sidesDo NOT put on children younger than 2 years oldCold weather gearWear your scarf, ski mask or balaclava over your maskScarves, ski masks and balaclavas are not substitutes for masksHow to WearWear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on a mask.Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it. If you have to often touch/adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit you properly, and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments.For more information, visit our How to Wear Masks web page.Do wear a mask thatCovers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.Fits snugly against the sides of your face.How NOT to wear a maskAround your neckOn Your foreheadUnder your noseOnly on your noseOn your chinDangling from one earOn your armHow to Take off a Masklite iconCarefully, untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loopslite iconHandle only by the earloops or tieslite iconFold the outside corners togetherlite iconBe careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removingHow to CleanReusable masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.Include your mask with your regular laundryUse regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the maskUse the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dryFor more information, visit our How to Wash Masks web page.For more information, see our Masks web site. For information on the sources for our mask guidance, see Recent Studies.Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseaseshome
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