How to Wear a Face Mask

How to Wear a Face Mask

Masks should NOT be worn by:


  • Children younger than 2 years old.

  • Anyone who has trouble breathing.

  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.



Wear your Mask Correctly


  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask

  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face

  • Make sure you can breathe easily


More information on How to Properly Wear a Face Masks

Wear a Mask to Protect Others


  • Wash your hands before and after touching the mask.

  • Touch only the bands or ties when putting on and taking off your mask.

  • Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin.

  • Make sure you can breathe and talk comfortably through your mask.

  • Wash reusable masks after each use. If the mask is disposable, discard it soiled or damaged. Have extra face coverings in case a back-up is needed during the day.

  • Do not wear face coverings if they are wet. A wet face covering may make it hard to breathe.

  • Never share face coverings.

  • Don't touch or ajust your mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfectant before and after.

How to wear a Fabric/Cloth Mask – WHO



In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals are curious about the proper use of fabric masks. The Word Health Organization (WHO) released updated Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19 on June 5, 2020.

Cuomo To Protesters: Wear A Mask, Not A Chin Guard



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo turned his attention on June 13, 2020 to protesters who are not wearing their masks properly during protests demanding police reforms following the death of George Floyd.

What is the efficacy of standard face masks compared to respirator masks in preventing COVID-type respiratory illnesses in primary care staff?

"Standard surgical masks are as effective as respirator masks (e.g. N95, FFP2, FFP3) for preventing infection of healthcare workers in outbreaks of viral respiratory illnesses such as influenza. No head to head trial of these masks in COVID-19 has yet been published, and neither type of mask prevents all infection. Both types of mask need to be used in combination with other PPE measures. Respirator masks are recommended for protection during aerosol generating procedures (AGPs). Rapid reviews on wider PPE measures, and what counts as an AGP, are ongoing."

(March 24, 2020) The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Do masks protect the people wearing them or the people around them?

"Masks may be more effective as a “source control” because they can prevent larger expelled droplets from evaporating into smaller droplets that can travel farther."

(June 26, 2020) The University of California-San Francisco

Donate Masks to Others

If you are a mask manufacturer and want your face mask to be considered for publication on our website, please send a sample supply for review along with a press release. We'll then donate your masks to local organizations including medical personnel and front line workers. Only quality masks will be considered for review and highlighted on our website.