Your Guide To Masks

These guidelines can be found on the CDC Website.

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 Select

When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts.DO choose masks that

DO choose masks that have 2 or more layers of washable, breathable fabric graphic.

Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric

DO choose masks that completely cover your nose and mouth;

Completely cover your nose and mouth

DO choose masks that fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps.

Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gapsDO NOT choose Masks that

DO NOT choose masks that are made of fabric that makes it hard to breath, for example, vinyl

Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl

DO NOT choose masks that have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape

Have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape

DO NOT choose masks that are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks

Are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks

Special Considerations

Gaiters & face shields

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Wear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layers

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Not recommended: Evaluation of face shields is ongoing, but effectiveness is unknown at this time.Glasses

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If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging.Children

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Find a mask that is made for children to help ensure proper fit

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Check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin and that there are no gaps around the sides

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Do NOT put on children younger than 2 years oldCold weather gear

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Wear your scarf, ski mask or balaclava over your mask

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Scarves, ski masks and balaclavas are not substitutes for masks

How to Wear

Wear 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 that

Do wear a mask that: Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin; Fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Fits snugly against the sides of your face.

How NOT to wear a mask

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Around your neck

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On Your forehead

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Under your nose

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Only on your nose

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On your chin

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Dangling from one ear

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On your armHow to Take off a Mask

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Carefully, untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops

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Handle only by the earloops or ties

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Fold the outside corners together

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Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removingHow to Clean

Washer and dryer - dryer has regular laundry including face masks

Reusable 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 laundry
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry

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