Reminders When Wearing A Mask

April 7, 2020
Woman wearing a surgical mask

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The CDC now recommends that you wear "cloth face coverings" to slow the spread of COVID-19. But don't let this recommendation lure you in to a false sense of security. Masks are not a magical force field. Masks are an addition to the precautions you’re already taking, not a substitute. So continue to avoid large groups of people, stay six feet away from others, wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Most importantly, you can still catch or transmit the coronavirus while wearing a mask. Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not reuse single-use masks. To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin if it is disposable and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. For cloth masks, scarves or bandannas, you can reuse them by placing them in boiling water for five minutes. After you turn off the heat, carefully remove the mask with tongs and place it on a clean paper towel and letting them air dry.

SOURCE: Vitals

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