How to wear a non-medical fabric mask safely

Do's and Don'ts by WHO

A fabric mask can protect others around you. To protect yourself and prevent the spread of COVID-19, remember to keep at least  1 metre distance from others, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your face and mask.

Do's 

1. Clean your hands before touching the mask

2. Inspect the mask for  damage or if dirty

3. Adjust the mask to your face without leaving gaps on the sides

4. Cover your mouth, nose and chin

5. Avoid touching the mask

6. Clean your hands before removing the mask

7. Remove the mask by the straps behind the  ears or head

8. Pull the mask away from your face

9. Store the mask in a clean plastic, resealable bag. If it is not dirty or wet and you plan to resuse it

10. Remove the mask by the straps when taking it out of the bag

12. Wash the mask in soap or detergent, preferably in hot water, at least once a day

13. Clean your hands after removing the mask.

How to wear a non-medical fabric mask safely
How to wear a non-medical fabric mask safely

Don'ts

1.Do not use a mask that looks damaged

2. Do not wear a loose mask

3. Do not wear the mask under the nose

4. Do not remove the mask where there are people within 1 metre

5. Do not use a mask that is difficult to beathe through

6. Do not wear a dirty or wet mask

7. Do not share your mask with others

 

Written by
Author
Celia Kaunatjike
Programme Officer Health Promotion
WHO
Celia Kaunatjike
UN entities involved in this initiative
WHO
World Health Organization