How to properly wear a face mask

With the Covid 19 pandemic our lives took a sudden change. Walking out the door with a face mask on was added to the list and is now part of our everyday routine. Now our masks go everywhere with us some even color coordinate it with the outfit of the day. However, we are so overwhelmed with all that is going on in the world that some have never took the time to learn how to properly wear a face mask.

First and most importantly wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before you put on or take off your mask. With the disposable masks remove it from the box and make sure there are no obvious tears or holes in either side of the mask. If you opted for a cloth mask make sure you are washing your mask on an everyday basis and keep it stored in a safe clean spot. Now that you have your face mask determine which side of the mask is the top. The side of the mask that has a stiff bendable edge is the top and is meant to mold to the shape of your nose. Determine which side of the mask is the front and touch only the bands or ties when putting on and taking off your mask.

Make sure the face mask fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin. If you adjust the mask to cover those areas make sure you wash your hands before and after the adjustments making sure you can breathe and talk comfortably through your mask.