How to Safely Use a Cloth Face Mask
Thank you for researching how to safely use a cloth mask and working to slow the spread of COVID19. You are helping save lives. For full information, please read through the materials on the CDC's Cloth Face Covering section of their website.
Note: For recent public outings, I've opted to wear hair in a tight bun and/or wear a hat and to not to wear earrings like this. Droplets can certainly land on hair and accessories.
Choosing cloth masks helps slow the spread and help leave medical grade supplies for medical professionals.
Here's a quick overview of what I've learned and am practicing:
- Cloth face coverings can be made with anything from a tshirt, towel, handkerchief, or a sewn cloth mask.
- In order for them to be effective, they must be used correctly
- Steps to using a mask correctly include:
- Wash hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
- Avoid touching the mask and your face while in use. (Wash/sanitize hands if you do.)
- Wear mask tightly and sealed against the skin on all edges
- Do not touch the mask.
- Do not take the mask off and on or slide up and down.
- Wear and remove mask properly and carefully
- Wash mask in between uses
- As an additional step, wear protective eyewear during public outing
This video from National Jewish Health on YouTube was helpful to me: