Face Mask Hygiene

The CDC is now asking everyone to wear masks in public that fully cover their mouths and nose.

Masks are an easy way to prevent the spread of germs via coughing and sneezing, but only when used correctly. The most important thing to remember when wearing a mask is to refrain from touching the inside or outside of the mask. This prevents the transfer of germs from your hands onto the mask.

Here is a brief outline about how to properly put on and remove a face mask:


Putting on the mask

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Determine which side of your mask is the top, and which side is the front.
  • Avoid touching the inside of the mask (that will touch your face).
  • Secure the mask to your head mask only touching the sides and front if necessary. Do not touch the front of the mask again after putting it on.
  • Make sure the mask securely covers your face from the bridge of your nose to below your chin.

Removing the mask

  • Clean hands again with soap and  hot water or hand-sanitizer.
  • Do not touch the front of the mask, it is contaminated. Only touch the sides or where it is secured to your head.
  • Carefully remove the mask.
  • Throw away contaminated mask. If the mask is reusable, wash it immediately with soap and hot water.
  • Wash or sanitize hands again.


If you have any questions about how to properly use a mask, please visit https://www.sfcdcp.org/communicable-disease/healthy-habits/how-to-put-on-and-remove-a-face-mask/ for more information.


You can also click here for easy tutorials on how to make your own masks at home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

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