Consider having more than one mask on hand so that you can easily replace a dirty mask with a clean one.
Cloth masks should be made of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics, to ensure adequate protection.
Cloth masks are inexpensive and easy to make.
You can buy single-use surgical and cloth masks from a number of retail outlets.
A single-use surgical mask should be changed at least every four hours, or if it is compromised (for example, damp or damaged). Consider timing meal or bathroom breaks with mask changes.
Make sure that your mask does not have holes or a valve. This can result in breathing out the virus if you have COVID-19.
Make sure your mask is not wet, or it can no longer do its job.
At this time, ‘fitted’ face coverings, such as bandanas, scarves, or neck gaiters may be used if you are unable to find a cloth mask, or single-use surgical face mask.
How to fit your mask correctly
If you wear a mask, you need to wear it properly to make sure its effective.
A mask should fit securely around your face, covering both your nose and mouth areas at all times.
Make sure the mask fits snugly under your chin, over the bridge of your nose and against the sides of your face.
It should be snug and secured with ties at the back of your head, or by ear loops.
How to put on your mask safely
Before putting the mask on, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser that is made up of over 60 per cent alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth at all times.
Do not touch the front of your mask while wearing it.
If you do touch the mask, wash or sanitise your hands immediately.
Do not allow the mask to hang around your neck, this includes when eating and drinking.
Do not allow the mask to sit under your nose.
Use the ties or ear loops to remove the mask.
Do not touch the front of your mask while removing it.
Store cloth face masks in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.
Wash your cloth mask whenever it gets dirty or at least daily. If your mask is wet or dirty from sweat, saliva, make-up, or other liquids or substances, keep it in a sealed plastic bag until you can wash it.
If you are taking off your mask to eat or drink outside of your home, you can place it somewhere safe to keep it clean, such as your pocket, purse, or paper bag.
Single-use masks should not be re-used, and should be thrown away after each use.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser that is made up of over 60 per cent alcohol.
Do not dispose of masks into a recycling bin. Dispose in a bag or lined bin.
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