Cover your mouth and your nose
Wearing a face covering helps to protect you and prevent the spread of COVID-19. But masks are only effective if you wear them correctly. A loose mask, or one that slips off your nose, doesn’t offer the fullest defense.
The CDC recommends that everyone over age 2 wear cloth face coverings or masks at all times in public, unless you have a hard time breathing or removing the mask without help. Here are some quick tips and reminders for wearing a face covering the right way.
7 Tips for mask safety
- Wash and/or disinfect your hands before and after touching your mask.
- Your mask should fit snugly and fully cover your nose and chin with no gaps.
- Don’t hang the mask on one ear, around your neck or pushed to your forehead.
- Avoid touching your mask while wearing it. Remove a used mask by touching only the ear loops.
- If your mask becomes dirty or wet, replace it. Wash cloth face coverings after each use.
- Remove and store your mask somewhere it will be protected before eating and drinking (or brushing your teeth!).
- Wear your mask and keep a safe social distance from others in public places.