Unsure About Wearing a Face Mask?
To mask or not to mask?
That has been the question on all of our minds for the last few weeks. Before, the consensus was for only those who are considered high risk for the coronavirus (COVID-19) to wear them.
What type of face mask is best?
The type of cloth face masks being recommended by the CDC are not personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks or N-95 respirators, Dr. Hamilton says. Those are being reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
How to wear a mask or face cover
We recommends keeping these criteria in mind when wearing a mask or face cover:
It should be snug but comfortable against the sides of the face.
It needs to be secured with ties or ear loops.
It should be made with multiple layers of material.
It must allow you to breathe without restriction.
It should be able to withstand machine washing and drying and not get damaged or change shape.
Avoid touching your face
It’s only natural to want to touch your face more when you’re wearing a mask or face cover because it feels foreign or funny to you.
How to keep masks and face covers clean
If you’re wondering how often your mask or face covers need to be washed, the answer is simple. They should be laundered after every use.