How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
 
CDC has updated its mask-wearing guidance. CDC recommends that you wearmasksin public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.
Overview
  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Masks should be worn by people two years and older
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance
  • Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators
How to Select
 
When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some dos and don’ts.
 
DO choose masks that: have 2 or more layers of washable, breathable fabric; completely cover your nose and mouth; fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps.
DO NOT choose masks that: are made of fabric that makes it hard to breath, for example, vinyl; have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape; are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks.
                    
 
How to Wear
Do wear a mask that
  • Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Fits snugly against the sides of your face
Do wear a mask that: Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin; Fits snugly against the sides of your face.
 
How to Clean
Masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or
touching a used mask.
  • Include your mask with your regular laundry
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry
For more information on this topic, including about gaiters, face shields, masks and children, wearing masks
with glasses, mask wearing mistakes, and how to take off a mask, click the Learn More button below.