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Wearing a face mask is an important way to help prevent the spread of infection. You should wear a face mask when you must be in close proximity to others (including other people in your house). Remember, wearing a face mask does not replace the need for social distancing.
Mary Alice Lavin, RN, MJ, CIC, FAPIC, and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at NorthShore offers some guidelines for safely using a face mask:
If you are using a cloth mask, please make sure it is washed after each use. For instructions on properly washing cloth face masks, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Need a facemask? Try making one! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers sew and no-sew instructions on how to make your own face mask.
Follow the guidelines below on how to properly put on and take off a face mask:
1. Place the flexible band on the bridge of your nose.
2. Place the straps behind your ears.
3. Clean hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water both before and after adjusting your mask.
4. Adjust your mask so that it covers your nose and mouth.
5. Carefully remove the mask from behind or by the straps.