Why should I wear a face covering or mask?
Droplets produced when breathing, speaking, or singing may spread COVID-19 from person to person. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. See more information on Staying Healthy.
How should I wear a face covering or mask?
Face coverings should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric, if it is a cloth covering
- Allow for breathing without restriction
What qualifies as a face covering?
Officials urge the public to not buy N95 masks or PPE but instead use a cloth mask, scarf, or bandana in place of a medical mask.
How can I make my own face covering?
There are not enough surgical face masks for everyone, and available ones should go first to health care workers and first responders. Resources for making your own mask:
- CDC instructions on making face coverings at home
- How to make your own face covering - U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams
Watch this video on how to make your own face mask at home
Can I re-use a face covering?
You can re-use cloth face coverings, but they should be routinely washed, according to the CDC. A regular washing machine should safely sterilize and clean cloth face coverings.