When and How to Wear a Mask

Recommendations for the General Public

Wearing a mask can help to prevent the spread of some respiratory illnesses, but it can also become a source of infection if not worn or discarded properly. If you need to wear a mask, you should also be
sure to clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Wear a mask if:
– You have symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., fever, cough or difficulty
breathing) and are around other people.
– You are caring for someone who has COVID-19.
– Unless you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is not recommended
that you wear a mask in public.

How to wear a mask:
– Before putting on your mask, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Secure the elastic loops of the mask around your ears. If your mask has strings,
tie them securely behind your head.
– Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
– Do not touch the front of the mask while you wear it. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you accidentally touch your mask.

How to throw away your mask:
– Do not touch the front of your mask to remove it.
– Remove the elastic loops of the mask from around your ears or untie the strings from behind your head.
– Hold only the loops or strings and place the mask in a garbage bin with a lid.
– Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer after you have discarded your mask.

More information about masks:
– When a mask becomes damp or humid, replace it with a new mask.
– Do not reuse a single-use mask. Discard your mask when you have finished using it

Source: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet/factsheet-covid-19-how-to-wear-mask.pdf?la=en

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