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The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that the general public wear cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Of course with any tool there’s a right way and a wrong way to use it. It’s also important to remember that a face mask is only one component in an overall strategy to stay safe from COVID-19. So how should a face mask be worn? Don’t worry it’s super easy! In this post we’ll review the CDC’s instructions for wearing your face mask. Let’s get to it!

The Correct Way to Wear Your Face Mask

Wearing your face mask correctly begins even before you put it on. The CDC highlights 4 points to wearing it correctly. First, wash your hands before putting on your face mask. This keeps you from possibly contaminating it. Second, when you put it on make sure it’s over your nose and mouth and secure under your chin. Next, get it as snugly against the sides of your face as you can. This helps to keep air from coming in unfiltered around the sides of the mask. Finally, make sure you can breathe easily.

Use Your Face Mask to Protect Others

Wearing a face covering helps to protect others in case you’ve been infected but are asymptomatic. Make sure to keep the mask on the whole time you are in public. Though it may be tempting don’t put the mask around your neck or on your forehead. Try not to touch the mask but if you do wash your hands.

Take Other Precautions Everyday

It’s important to remember that the face mask is only one component in an overall strategy to stay safe. Even with a mask it’s important to remember to stay at least 6 feet away from others. Try to avoid contact with anyone who is sick. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time with soap and water. If soap and water isn’t available use hand sanitizer.

Carefully Remove Your Face Mask When You’re Home

When removing your face mask handle it only by the ear loops or ties. Fold the outside corners together. Now put it in the washing machine. We have a post about how to wash your face mask here. Make sure to not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose when taking off your mask and wash your hands right away.


That’s it. It can take some time to get into the habit of going through all the steps of properly wearing your face mask. It helps to remember though that everything we do to reduce the spread of COVID-19 helps to keeps ourselves and those around us safer.

Stay safe out there!