How to Wear Face Masks Correctly

Face masks are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

Who should NOT use  face masks: Children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Wear your Face Masks Correctly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face mask
  • 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

Wear a Face Mask to Protect Others

    • Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms
    • Wear a face mask in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart
    • Wear a face mask correctly for maximum protection
    • Don’t put the face mask around your neck or up on your forehead
    • Don’t touch the face mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect​

Follow Everyday Health Habits

    • Stay at least 6 feet away from others avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available


Take Off Your Cloth Face Mask Carefully, When You’re Home

    • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
    • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
    • Fold outside corners together
    • Place mask in the washing machine
    • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.



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