COVID-19: How to wear a non-medical mask or face covering properly (described video)
Text on-screen from step 1 to step 9: COVID-19: How to wear a non-medical mask or face covering properly
To continue to limit the spread of COVID-19, here’s how to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing is difficult.
Text on-screen: Step 1: Wash your hands before use
Start by washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds.
Text on-screen: Step 2: Use loops or ties to place mask over nose and mouth, and secure it
Then, pick up the mask by the ties or loops, place it over your nose and mouth, and secure it behind your head or ears.
Text on-screen: Step 3: Adjust mask if needed
From there, adjust the mask to ensure your nose and mouth are fully covered, so there are no gaps. Then wash your hands again.
Text on-screen: Step 4: Avoid touching the mask
While wearing the mask, avoid touching it or touching your face. And wash your hands if you do.
Text on-screen: Step 5: Remove using the loops
Once you’re done using the mask, remove it by the ties or loops without touching the front.
Text on-screen: Step 6: Fold and place inside a clean bag
Fold the outer parts of the mask together, and place it in a clean bag to wash later. Or if it's a single-use mask, throw it out in the garbage. Then wash your hands right away.
Text on-screen: Step 7: Change if moist, dirty or damaged
Change your mask whenever it becomes moist, dirty or damaged.
Text on-screen: Step 8: Don’t hang from your neck or ears
Don’t leave the mask hanging from your neck or ears.
Text on-screen: Step 9: Wash your hands after use
And remember: always wash your hands after using a mask.
Text on-screen: When you wear a mask, you’re protecting others around you.
But a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. So continue frequent hand washing, practising physical distancing and staying home if you’re sick.
Let’s protect each other.
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