Masks - More than a Fashion Statement

Masks are required in all public settings. Find out how to keep yours clean and wear it properly.

Wearing a mask is more than a fashion statement. It’s one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Have you ever wondered how to properly wear your mask and how to keep it clean?

The CDC recommends wearing a mask in all public settings, especially when you can’t stay six feet apart, and many states now require them. Masks should be washed regularly. You can wash them in your regular laundry using normal detergent on the warmest setting possible. Dry them in your dryer on the highest temperature setting and remove them when completely dry.

Try not to touch your mask once it’s put on and wash your hands if you do.

Masks need to be removed carefully by:

  • Untying the strings or stretching the ear loops.
  • Only touching the ear loops or ties.
  • Once removed, fold the outside corners together.
  • Place cloth masks in the washing machine or dispose of paper ones.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth and wash your hands right away after mask removal.

Try to get a snug fit and wear masks properly.

  • Masks need to cover your nose and mouth. They should be two or more layers to protect yourself and others.
  • Everyone should be wearing masks except for children under two or people who have trouble breathing.
  • Avoid masks with valves as they push out air, increasing risk to those around you.
  • Avoid wearing gators and face shields because their effectiveness is unknown.
  • Help healthcare workers by not wearing N95 masks. This lets supplies go where they’re most needed.

Make a difference and wear your mask!

Cambridge Health Alliance

Contributed By: Cambridge Health Alliance

Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health care system committed to serving all members of our communities. We have expertise in primary care, mental health and substance abuse, and caring for diverse and complex populations. CHA patients receive high quality care in convenient neighborhood locations, and have seamless access to advanced care through CHA’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. With over 140,000 patients in Cambridge, Somerville Everett and Boston’s Metro North, CHA is working hard to offer the integrated services its communities need now, and in the future.