The CDC recommends that you wear a cloth face mask when you are around people who don’t live with you and in public settings when the social distance is difficult.
Here are a few tips for putting on and taking off a cloth mask:
- Wash or clean your hands before and after putting on and taking off your mask.
- Place your mask over your mouth and nose.
- Tie it behind your head or use ear loops and make sure it fits snugly.
- Do not touch your mask while wearing it.
- If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or clean your hands.
- If your mask gets wet or dirty, switch to a clean mask. Put the used mask in a sealable bag until you can wash it.
- Remove the mask by detaching it or lifting the ear loops without touching the front of the mask or your face.
- Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.
- Wash your mask regularly with soap and water by hand or in the washing machine. It’s okay to wash it with other clothes.
And here are some face mask precautions:
- Do not place masks on anyone who is having difficulty breathing, or is unconscious or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Do not put masks on children under 2 years old.
- Don’t use face masks as a substitute for social detachment.
However, an N95 mask offers more protection than a surgical mask does because it can filter out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales.