How to Properly Wear a Face Mask

Thanks to COVID-19, face masks are required pretty much everywhere you go but how do you know you're wearing it right? Check out these tips on how to properly wear a face mask.

Woman putting on a face mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasadvisedindividuals to cover their mouth and nosein public to help stop the spread ofCOVID-19. In Michigan,Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released anexecutive orderthat residents without health restrictions over the age of 2 must wear face masks or face coverings in all enclosed public spaces.

When wearing aface mask, it’s important to wear it properly to make sure you are protecting yourself and others in your community. Here are the CDC guidelines on how to properly wear a face mask.

How should I wear a face mask?

When wearing a face mask, make sure you’re following these recommendations from the CDC:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with the mask.
  • Make sure the mask is snug, check for gaps on the sides.
  • Keep the mask on while out of your house.
  • Avoid touchingthe front of the mask without gloves.
  • When removing the mask, make sure it doesn’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands after you remove your mask.

Should I wash my face mask?

Yes, be sure to wash a cloth mask or dispose of a disposable mask after every use. You don’t have to followa sanitizing procedure— a washing machine should be enough to properly clean your face covering.

Where can I find a face mask?

According to the CDC, cloth face coverings are recommended. Surgicalmasks and N-95 respirators should continue to be saved forhealth care workers and other medical first responders.

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Many businesses are selling these essentials while giving back. If you want to support small and local, there are Detroit-area designers selling face masks. You can also look into bigger corporations such asDisneyandOld Navy or check out our roundup of places to find a face mask for more.

How can I make my own face mask?

Trythese directions from the CDCfor making sew or no-sew masks. Or, usethis tutorial from the Stitching Scientistfor kid-sized masks orthis one from Cricutfor a no-sew version.

How do I explain wearing a face mask to my child?

Though face masks aren’t required for kids under the age of 2, they can still be intimidating to young kids. If you need information on face masks and kids, check out our post here.