Covid-19 Prevention

Face masks

Face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, can help prevent transmission of COVID-19.

CDC recommends wearing cloth or fabric face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Although cloth or fabric masks are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, they can slow the spread of COVID-19.

Note: CDC does not recommend that cloth or fabric face coverings be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

How to Wear a Cloth Face Mask

Cloth face masks should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • 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

Cloth face masks should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • 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

Should cloth face masks be washed or cleaned regularly? How regularly?

Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face mask?

A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face mask?

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

Resources

how to properly use and dispose of a face mask

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covid prevention - properly wash hands

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