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Non-Medical Masks And Face Coverings- How to use?

Non-Medical Masks And Face Coverings- How to use?

Wearing a homemade non-medical mask/facial covering in the community is recommended when it is not possible to maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings, such as stores, shopping areas, public transportation. Appropriate use of non-medical mask or face covering When worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can reduce the spread of his or her own infectious respiratory droplets. Non-medical face masks or face coverings should:

  • allow for easy breathing

  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops

  • maintain their shape after washing and drying

  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty

  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment

  • be made of at least 2 layers of tightly-woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)

  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping

  • Some masks also include a pocket to accommodate a paper towel or disposable coffee filter, for increased benefit.

Non-medical masks or face coverings should:

  • not be shared with others

  • not impair vision or interfere with tasks

  • not be placed on children under the age of 2 years

  • not be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials

  • not be secured with tape or other inappropriate materials

  • not be made exclusively of materials that easily fall apart, such as tissues

  • not be placed on anyone unable to remove them without assistance or anyone who has trouble breathing

Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. All must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing. Share this information with family and friends.

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