CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.
How to Select
When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts.
Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. Completely cover your nose and mouth. Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps.
Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl. Have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape. Are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks.
Wear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layers. Not recommended: Evaluation of face shields is ongoing, but effectiveness is unknown at this time.
If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging.
Find a mask that is made for children to help ensure proper fit. Check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin and that there are no gaps around the sides. Do NOT put on children younger than 2 years old.
Wear your scarf, ski mask or balaclava over your mask. Scarves, ski masks and balaclavas are not substitutes for masks.
How to Wear
Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.
- Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on a mask.
- Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it. If you have to often touch/adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit you properly, and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments.
For more information, visit our How to Wear Masks web page.