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How to Properly Wear a Face Mask

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It’s important to learn how to properly wear a face mask and how to put it on/off without getting germs on your hands and transferring them somewhere else. Here is the proper protocol to wearing a face mask, put out by the World Health Organization:

  • Wash your hands before touching the mask.
  • Inspect the mask for damage and make sure it’s clean.
  • Adjust the mask to your face without leaving gaps on the sides. Be sure to cover your mouth, nose, and chin.
  • Avoid touching the mask while wearing it.
  • Wash your hands before removing the mask and when removing it, only touch the straps.
  • Store the mask in a clean, resealable plastic bag if it is not dirty or wet and you plan to use it again.
  • Wash the mask in soap and hot water at least once a day (for fabric masks) or throw away after one use (for medical masks).
  • Wash your hands after removing the mask.

There are also some tips for things not to do when wearing a mask. It’s important to keep these things in mind as well:

  • Do not use a mask that looks damaged, wet, or dirty.
  • Do not wear the mask under your nose.
  • Do not touch the front of the mask.
  • Do not remove your mask when within 6 feet of other people.
  • Do not use a mask that is difficult to breathe through.
  • Do not leave your used mask within reach of others.

A fabric mask can help protect you and others around you, but remember that masks alone cannot prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remember to keep at least 6 feet of distance away from others, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your face and mask.

For more information on proper uses of face masks, please visit this WHO page. You can also contact us at any time.

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