The Do’s and Don’ts of wearing a mask as shared with us from the Saskatchewan Health Authority Update
The Do’s and Don’ts of wearing a mask as shared with us from the Stakeholder Update July 23 FINAL (002) by the Saskatchewan Health Authority
Non-medical and cloth face masks are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with everyday preventative actions and physical distancing, especially in public settings.
Wear your mask correctly:
o Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
o Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
o Fit it snugly around the sides of your face.
o Make sure you can breathe easily.
Note: Cloth face masks should be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen).
Use masks to protect others:
o Wear a non-medical or cloth mask to help protect others, even when you don’t have symptoms.
o Wear the covering in public settings when around people outside of your household, especially when other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Do launder cloth masks after every use.
Do wash your cloth mask with hot, soapy water and let it dry completely before wearing it again.
Do replace any mask if it’s dirty or soiled.
Do store a re-usable mask in a clean environment until you wear it again.
Don’t touch and adjust the mask once it’s on. If you do touch your mask, wash or sanitize your hands.
Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
Don’t share your mask.
Don’t re-use disposable masks.
Don’t leave your used mask within the reach of others.
Note: Children under age two, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance, should not wear cloth face coverings.
Take off your face covering carefully:
o Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
o Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
o Fold outside corners together.
o Place used cloth covering in the washing machine; place used disposable masks in a plastic lined garbage bin.
o Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after your mask is removed.
Remember, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must also wash your hands often, practise physical distancing and stay home if you are ill.
The information provided is abridged from Government of Saskatchewan’s, Government of Canada’s and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s websites.