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How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.


• Wear masks with two or more layers to

stop the spread of COVID-19

• Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and

secure it under your chin

• Masks should be worn by people two years and older

• Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two,

people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot

remove the mask without assistance

• Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers,

for example, N95 respirators

• CDC does not recommend the use of gaiters or face shields.

Evaluation of these face covers is on-going but effectiveness is

unknown at this time.

How to Wear

Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.

• Be sure to wash your hands before putting on a mask

• Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it

Do wear a mask that

• Covers your nose and mouth and

secure it under your chin

• Fits snugly against the sides of your face

How to Clean

Masks should be washed regularly.

Always remove masks correctly and

wash your hands after handling

or touching a used mask.

• Include your mask with your regular laundry

• Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest

appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask

• Use the highest heat setting and leave in the

dryer until completely dry


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