How to Properly Wear a Cloth Face Covering
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Cloth face coverings should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC recommends wearing cloth face 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.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings slows 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.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Cloth Face Coverings Should Not Be Placed On
- Young children under age 2
- Anyone who has trouble breathing
- Individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
Reusable Face Coverings
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
SERVPRO of Upper Darby is Always Here to Help
As we all come together in these times of uncertainty, many are being called on to do their part. At SERVPRO of Upper Darby, that means reaching out to our community to clean, disinfect and sanitize our homes, business and shared spaces. Our cleanup practices adhere to CDC guidelines and our use of EPA approved products means you can trust us to safely sanitize you homes or business.
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