How to Properly Wear a Face Mask
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.