The CDC recommends that masks be worn in public places where you are likely to encounter other people. Example: grocery stores, doctor’s offices, heavily trafficked parks.
- Always wash your hands before and after wearing a mask.
- Use the ties or loops to put your mask on and pull it off.
- Don’t touch the front of the mask when you take it off.
- For apartment dwellers, put the mask on and remove it while inside your home. Elevators and stairwells can be high-contamination areas.
- Wash and dry your cloth mask daily and keep it in a clean, dry place.
- Don’t have a false sense of security.
- Masks offer limited protection and work better when combined with hand washing and social distancing. “It’s not that one excludes the other,” said Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University. “They compound the effects of the other.”
Face masks can be washed in a washing machine or with hot water and soap.