How to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering.

  1. Wear your face covering correctly
    1. Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
    2. Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
    3. Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
    4. Make sure you can breathe easily.
    5. Do not place a mask on a child younger than 2.
  2. Use the face covering to help protect others
    1. Wear a face covering to protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have systems.
    2. Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public.
    3. Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
    4. Don’t touch the face covering and , if you do, clean your hands.
  3. Follow everyday health habits.
    1. Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
    2. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
    3. Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time.
    4. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  4. Take off your face cover carefully when you’re at home.
    1. Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
    2. Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
    3. Fold outside corners together.
    4. Place covering in the washing machine.
    5. Wash your hands with soap and water.


Laura Rogers Allergy & Asthma MD