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How to wear a cloth mask safely - text version of infographic

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This page contains a text version of a How to wear a cloth mask safely infographic.

How to wear a cloth mask safely.

  1. Inspect the mask for any holes or dirt
  2. Adjust the mask to your face so it fits snugly
  3. Cover your nose and mouth
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth at all times
  5. Remove the mask by the strings or ear loops
  6. Store the mask in a plastic, resealable bag until you can wash it
  7. Wash your hands before and after you wear your cloth mask
  8. Make sure your mask does not have a valve. This can result in breathing out a virus if you are infected

The recommendation to wear a face mask does not apply to children, individuals with breathing difficulties, and those who have physical conditions that make it difficult to wear a mask.

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Last reviewed: March 2023

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