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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Using Your Cloth Mask

​The CDC recommends anyone over the age of two​ to wear a cloth mask in public areas where social distancing measures are​ difficult to maintain. Follow the guidelines below for proper fit and cleaning of your cloth mask.

Washing/Sanitizing Instructions

Wash your mask in hot, soapy water as soon as you get home every day. Allow it to dry completely because cloth masks lose their effectiveness if they are damp.

​Fitting Your Mask​

  • Do not touch the inside of your mask when putting it on.
  • Your mask should cover your nose and chin and fit snugly against your face.
  • The mask should not restrict your breathing

​​​Taking Your M​​ask Off​​

  • Fold your mask carefully so that the outer surface is held inward and against itself to reduce contact with outer surfaces.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing your cloth mask.
  • Store your used mask in a paper bag until you get home and wash it
  • Throw the storage bag away after using it to hold a used mask.
  • ​Wash your hands thoroughly or sanitize them after touching or adjusting your hand-sewn mask.​

​Infection Prevention Tips Regarding Cloth Masks 

  • Cloth masks do not protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Cloth masks can help reduce the likelihood of you from infecting others through your respiration.
  • Cloth masks lose their effectiveness if they are damp, even from regular breathing.
  • To be effective, cloth masks must fit snugly on your face and cover your nose and mouth.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands every time you touch, put-on or take off your mask.
  • Avoid touching your face or your mask after getting it in place.
  • Wash your used cloth mask in hot soapy water daily, and allow to dry completely.
  • Store your clean cloth mask in a paper bag to keep it from contamination.
  • Do not store your clean cloth mask in a plastic bag.
  • Do not seal your clean cloth mask in a plastic bag and microwave it.​​

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