Facemasks help limit the spread of germs. When someone talks, coughs or sneezes they may release tiny drops into the air that can infect others. If someone is ill, a facemask can reduce the number of germs that the wearer releases and can protect other people from becoming sick. A facemask also protects the wearer’s nose and mouth from splashes or sprays of body fluids.
How to put on and remove the facemask
The disposable facemask should be used once and then thrown in the trash. You should also remove and replace masks when they become moist.
1. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
2. Determine which side of the mask is the top. The side of the mask that has a stiff bendable edge is the top and is meant to mold to the shape of your nose.
3. Determine which side of the mask is the front. The colored side of the mask is the front and should face away from you, while the white side touches your face.
4. Hold the mask by the ear loops. Place a loop around each ear.
5. Mold or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose.
6. Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.
Removing the facemask
Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask. Avoid touching the front of the mask. The front of the mask is contaminated. Only touch the ear loops/ties/band.
Hold both of the ear loops and gently lift and remove the mask.
Throw the mask in the trash. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.