COVID-19 and Masks: Do’s and Don’ts
Wearing a mask is key for protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus, but proper use is key. These tips can help.
Mask Up for Better Protection
DO Choose Something Snug Yet Comfortable
While your mask should not restrict breathing, it should fit snugly around your cheeks and nose. (Hint: if your glasses fog up while you’re wearing one, it means too much air is escaping and you need a tighter fitting mask.) Facial hair can also prevent a mask from fitting well, so trim your facial hair before wearing a mask. Choosing something comfortable is equally as important. You’re more likely to wear a mask if it’s comfortable and less likely to fidget with it and accidentally contaminate yourself.
DON’T Buy N95 Masks
DO Cover Your Mouth and Nose
DON’T Buy a Mask with a Valve
DO Wash Your Hands First
DON’T Forget About the Kids
DO Wash Cloth Masks After Every Use
DON’T Use Coffee Filters
DO a Light Test
DON’T Touch Your Mask While Wearing It
Once your mask is in place, don’t adjust it. You risk touching contaminated surfaces and infecting yourself. Also, when you’re not wearing your mask, don’t pull it down around your neck. If you’re mask becomes exposed to the virus while it’s around your neck, you could infect yourself when putting it back on your face.
DO Choose a mask with folds and pleats.
DO Choose the Right Fabric
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