The CDC recommends wearing cloth face mask coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. If you need help making a face mask at home, check out our blog post with both sewing, and non-sewing options! When you are wearing a face mask, there are a number of Dos and Don’ts. We’ve gathered a list of these Dos and Don’ts, that can help ensure you are keeping both yourself and other’s safe!
Face Mask Dos and Don’ts
- Don’t hoard clinical masks. Our health care workers need clinical masks to help take care of our community.
- You only need to wear a fabric face mask, or even painter’s mask if you have one handy. Surgical masks and N95 respirators should only be reserved for health care workers or those who at high risk for COVID-19.
- Don’t stop social distancing. A face mask will not completely protect you from the coronavirus. However, a homemade face mask cover can provide light protection and remind you not to touch your face. It also helps prevent the spread of germs from you to others.
- Maintaining at least 6ft of distance from others will help protect your from coronavirus.
- Don’t microwave your mask or use hand sanitizer as a way to clean or sanitize your mask. Microwaving your mask is very dangerous and can cause fires, addiitonally hand sanitizer is not an effective way to cleanse your mask.
- Do donate homemade face mask covers, safety glasses, face shields, hospital gowns, hand sanitizer or other PPE.
- If you have additional PPE that you do not need, please consider donating it. Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine greatly appreciates any PPE donations, and is currently accepting donations at all seven of our locations.
- Do wear a face mask cover if you have symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, shortness of breath, a new cough, and muscle aches.
- Do wear a face mask cover anytime you are out in public, even if you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Face masks will help keep you and others safe when you venture out into the public. Wearing a face mask cover when you are out in public, reduces others’ risk of being infected with COVID-19 if you are asymptomatic.
- Do wear a face mask cover to remind yourself not to touch your face and to help prevent spread of germs from droplets.
- Touching your eyes, nose or mouth after touching a contaminated surface, is the easiest way to contract COVID-19.
- Do follow all the guidelines for proper use of a face mask cover.
- Do wash your hands. Cleaning your hands is still your best protection against COVID-19
- Do wash your mask. You should wash your mask regularly and if possible after every use. Simply put wash it with your laundry and dry it. If possible use high heat settings.
Sources: CDC.gov, CDPHE.gov, University of Utah Health