Centers for Disease Control on How to Use Face Coverings to Protect Others

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

  • Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms.
  • Wear the covering in public settings when around people outside of your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands.
Follow Everyday Health Habits
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You’re Home
  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
  • Fold outside corners together.
  • Place covering in the washing machine.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
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