How to wear a mask or face covering

 

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There are two categories of masks: medical and non-medical (or cloth face covering). These masks and face coverings can help stop us from unknowingly spreading viruses.

 


 

Fit

Non-medical masks or face coverings should:

  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • maintain their shape after washing and drying
  • be made of at least three layers of tightly woven material (such as cotton or linen)
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping

Medical masks (medical procedure face masks and respirators like N95 masks) should be reserved for use by health care workers and first responders.

 

Resources:

-      Understanding mask differences and recommendations for community use

 


 

Storing, cleaning and disposing a mask

If the face covering can be cleaned, you should:

  • put it directly into the washing machine or a bag that can be emptied into the washing machine
  • wash with other items using a hot cycle with laundry detergent (no special soaps are needed), and dry thoroughly
  • wash your hands after putting the face covering into the laundry

Ensure to let it dry completely before wearing it again. You can include a cloth mask with other laundry.

Damaged and disposable masks should be put in a regular garbage bin that’s lined with a plastic bag. When emptying the bin, take care to not touch used masks or tissues with your hands.