Face masks should be worn in public at all times. In addition to disposable surgical masks, cloth face masks are also effective in reducing the transmission of COVID-19.

Here’s what you need to know about wearing a cloth face mask:

  • The mask should fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face.
  • It must allow for breathing without restriction.
  • It should include two layers of fabric.
  • It does not replace the need to keep social distancing of at least six feet.
  • Do not place on children under the age of 2, on anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Cloth masks are not to be used in direct patient-care settings or when conducting laboratory science research.
  • Wash daily in a washing machine using the hot water setting and dry completely in a dryer.

In addition to wearing a mask, remember to always practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not immediately available. Avoid touching your face. Stay home and limit public outings to only essential, life-sustaining activities.

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Additional resources are available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.