COVID-19: How to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering
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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada
Date published: 2020-11-03
- Do wear a non-medical mask or face covering to protect yourself and others.
- Do ensure the mask is made of at least 3 layers, including 2 layers of tightly woven fabric, with a filter or filter fabric between layers.
- Do inspect the mask for tears or holes.
- Do ensure the mask or face covering is clean and dry.
- Do wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after touching the mask or face covering.
- Do use the ear loops or ties to put on and remove the mask.
- Do ensure your nose and mouth are fully covered.
- Do replace and launder your mask whenever it becomes damp or dirty.
- Do wash your mask with hot, soapy water and let it dry completely before wearing it again.
- Do store re-usable masks in a clean paper bag until you wear it again.
- Do discard masks that cannot be washed in a plastic lined garbage bin after use.
- Don't wear masks with exhalation valves or vents.
- Don't wear a loose mask.
- Don't touch the mask while wearing it.
- Don't remove the mask to talk to someone.
- Don't hang mask from your neck or ears.
- Don't share your mask.
- Don't leave your used mask within the reach of others.
- Don't reuse masks that are damp, dirty or damaged.
Remember, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. Stay at home if you're sick, wash your hands often and practise physical distancing.
Do your part to protect yourself and others
Wear a non-medical mask or face covering:
- when you're in shared indoor spaces
- when you can't maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others
- as advised by your local public health authority
Some people may not be able to wear a mask or face covering.
Non-medical masks are not recommended for:
- people who suffer from an illness or disabilities that make it difficult to put on or take off a mask
- those who have difficulty breathing
- children under the age of 2 years
Be environmentally responsible
Wear reusable masks whenever possible.
Washable and reusable masks are more environmentally friendly than disposable masks.
If you must use a disposable mask, dispose of it properly.
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