How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings - Protect Yourself & Others - COVID 19

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings - Protect Yourself & Others - COVID 19

    1. Who should NOT use cloth face coverings: children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    2. Cloth face coverings are NOT surgical masks or N95 respirators. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
    Wear your Face Covering Correctly.
    • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
    • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
    • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
    • Make sure you can breathe easily


    When you wear a cloth mask in public, remember:


    • Masks can help to stop your germs from infecting others. This is extra important because 30-45% of people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus.
    • Wearing a mask does not protect you from others who may spread the virus. You will still need to wash your hands often, cover your cough, and stay 6 feet away from others.
    • Wearing a mask does not mean people who are sick should be in public places. Stay home if you are sick.
    • If you need to see a doctor, call your clinic first. Do not just go to the clinic. Wear a mask when you do go to the clinic.
    • Do not buy or wear surgical or N95 masks. Health care workers need them so that they are protected when helping sick patients.
    • Do not put facemasks or face covers on children under age 2.
    • Do not put facemasks or face covers on anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or unable to remove the mask without help.


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