Face Coverings

Face Covering

What Face Covering Should I Wear?

Not all face coverings are the same. Because you may spread COVID-19 without knowing you have it, it’s important that you use the correct face covering to protect everyone around you.

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Face coverings should:

  • Go over both your nose and mouth
  • Be made of a tightly woven, breathable fabric, such as cotton

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  • Have NO valve on the front

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While face coverings with valves can stop germs from getting in, they do not stop germs from getting out. Remember, other people’s masks keep you safe and your mask keeps other people safe.

Wearing a Cloth Mask

Putting On

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  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Check for holes or tears.
  3. Make sure the inside of the mask is facing you.
  4. Hold the mask by ear loops to pull over your face.
  5. Make sure nose and mouth are covered.

Maintenance

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Dos:

  1. Wash your mask daily.
  2. Remove your mask before eating or drinking.

Don’ts:

  1. Don’t touch the front of the mask.
  2. Don’t pull the mask under your chin when you are talking, eating or drinking.

Removal

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  1. Pull the mask off by the ear loops.
  2. Wash the mask.
  3. Wash your hands.

Cloth Masks for Children

Putting On

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  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Check for holes or tears.
  3. Make sure the inside of the mask is facing your child.
  4. Hold the masks by ear loops to pull over your child’s face.
  5. Make sure nose and mouth are covered.

Maintenance

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Dos:

  1. Wash your child’s mask daily.
  2. Remove your child’s mask before they eat or drink.

Don’ts:

  1. Don’t let your child touch the front of the mask.
  2. Don’t let your child pull the mask under their chin when they are talking, eating or drinking.

Removal

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  1. Pull the mask off by the ear loops.
  2. Wash the mask.
  3. Wash your hands.

How to Make Masks Less Scary for Children

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Wearing a mask can be scary or confusing for children at first. Here’s how you can make it less scary:

  • Look in the mirror with the face coverings on and talk about them
  • Put a face covering on their favorite stuffed animal
  • Decorate the face covering
  • Show your child pictures of other children wearing face coverings
  • Have them draw one on their favorite character
  • Practice wearing the face covering at home

Making a Cloth Mask

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A mask is not a replacement for other safety measures to help stop the spread of disease. You should continue to stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water and stand six feet away from other people. Children under two years old should not wear a mask. 

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