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Using Cloth Face Masks to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Although we are seeing some good news in some cities across the country regarding the COVID- 19 Pandemic, the disease is still spreading in many locations, therefore it is imperative we keep within the guidance and parameters that have been implemented by our Government. CDC recommends wearing cloth face masks in public settings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it, from transmitting it to others.  

Surgical masks and N-95 respirator masks are critical supplies for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, so CDC recommends you save those for Medical Teams. Instead, you can make your own face mask from things you already have at home, like a T-shirt or bandana. Here is a helpful link with a tutorial on how to make your own face mask: 

Your cloth face mask should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of your face and be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • Be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
  • Should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Remember to be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing your mask and wash your hands immediately after removing it.

Your face mask IS NOT a substitute for other infection control efforts, such as washing your hands and social distancing. CDC continues to recommend that people try keep about 6 feet between themselves and others.