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From the CDC: How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.  Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Overview

  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Masks should be worn by people two years and older
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance
  • Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators
  • CDC does not recommend the use of face shields alone. Evaluation of face shields is ongoing but effectiveness is unknown at this time.
  • Evaluation of mask and gaiter materials and structure is ongoing.

How to Select a Mask

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


How to Wear a Mask

Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.

  • Be sure to wash your hands before putting on a mask
  • Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it

Do wear a mask that

  • Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Fits snugly against the sides of your face

For more information, visit the CDC’s How to Wear Masks web page.

How NOT to wear a mask

How to take off a mask

How to Clean

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

For more information, visit the How to Wash Masks web page.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html | public domain. Last updated February 10, 2021

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