- Cover both your nose and your mouth
- Fit snugly without any gaps
- Secure with either ear loops or ties
- Be made of more than one layer of fabric
- Allow you to breathe comfortably
2. Don’t touch your mask while wearing it.
While you’re out and about, don’t touch your mask (which could have virus particles on it), and don’t touch your face around your mask. If you do have to adjust your mask, either wash or sanitize your hands immediately afterward.
3. Replace your mask if it gets damp.
If you’re coughing or sneezing, or have a runny nose, your mask will probably get a little damp. If so, replace it with a fresh one.
4. Take off your mask the right way.
This is the time when many people make the mistake of contaminating themselves with germs that their mask may have picked up. When removing your mask:
- Don’t touch your face
- Do take off your mask from behind or by the straps (don’t touch the front/outside of the mask)
- Do throw away disposable masks immediately, or drop reusable masks right into the laundry hamper
5. Wash your hands. Again.
Yes, even if you’re sure you didn’t touch the outside of your mask. Just wash them.