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How to Wear a Cloth Mask: Do’s & Don’ts

Published by Robert J Stillwell on August 18, 2020

This article on how to wear a cloth mask was originally published in Lehigh Valley Health Network.

By now, most people know that the centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a cloth face mask in public places.  But it’s important to keep in mind that the face masks are most effective if they are worn properly.  Here are some do’s and don’ts of wearing cloth face masks.


  • Wash your hands before putting on the mask and after touching or removing it.
  • Wear a mask that fits snuggly against your face.
  • Have your mask cover your mouth, nose and chin.
  • Wash your mask at least once a day.
  • Avoid touching your mask while wearing it.
  • Wear a mask at home if you are sick.


  • Don’t wear the mask below your nose or leave your chin exposed
  • Don’t rest your mask under your chin.
  • Don’t take off the mask to speak with someone.
  • Don’t wear a mask that is damaged.
  • Don’t place a mask on children under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
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