Remember that masks alone cannot protect you from COVID-19. Maintain at least 6 feet distance from others and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, even while wearing a mask.

Things to Do While Wearing a Mask or Cloth Face Covering

  1. Wash your hands before touching the mask.
  2. Inspect the mask for tears or holes.
  3. Find the top side, where the metal piece or stiff edge is. 
  4. Ensure the colored-side faces outwards.
  5. Place the metal piece or stiff edge over your nose. 
  6. Cover your mouth, nose, and chin.
  7. Adjust the mask to your face without leaving gaps on the side. 
  8. Avoid touching the mask.
  9. Remove the mask from behind the ears or head.
  10. Keep the mask away from you and surfaces while removing it. 
  11. Discard paper pask after each use; cloth mask may be reused if laundered after each use. 
  12. Wash your hands after discarding the mask.

Things to NOT Do While Wearing a Mask or Cloth Face Covering

  1. Do not use a ripped or damp mask.
  2. Do not  wear the mask only over your mouth or nose.
  3. Do not wear a loose mask.
  4. Do not touch the front of the mask.
  5. Do not remove the mask to talk to someone or do other things that would require touching the mask.
  6. Do not leave your used mask within the reach of others.
  7. Do not reuse the mask.

For more information about mask safety, visit who.int/epi-win. You can also download an informational flyer in English, Spanish, or French.

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