Nine tips to wear and handle masks properly

This blog post is part of a series of #WellnessWednesday tips. This week, the Landon wellness team shares tips on how to wear, clean, and maintain a mask. 

Masks are an important part of the fight against COVID-19. According to medical experts, the main way the virus spreads is through large respiratory droplets that enter into your airway. This is done by either breathing it in or through contaminated hands that touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. In addition to practicing social distancing and frequent handwashing, masks are an essential tool to help block the transmission of the coronavirus.

Face masks prevent infected respiratory droplets from spreading when a person with COVID-19, talks, coughs, sneezes, or sings. This is also true, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms. The mask helps prevent germs from spreading to others. But face masks are only effective if they are handled, worn, stored, and disposed of properly. According to health experts, there’s a right and a wrong way to handle and wear masks. Here are some recommendations:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
  • Handle your mask only by the ties or ear holders.
  • Avoid touching the front of your mask, which is likely to be the most contaminated area.
  • Your mask should cover your face from the bridge of your nose to beneath your chin.
  • Immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if you touch your mask while wearing it.
  • Don’t pull your mask beneath your chin, push it over your forehead, or hang it from one ear.
  • Use the ear holders or ties to remove your mask.
  • Clean your hands before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Store your mask in a clean plastic bag.

We are all protecting each other when we all wear a mask!

How to wear a mask