What is a face mask and gloves used for?
A face mask protects the wearer’s nose and mouth from splashes or sprays of body fluids and also reduces the spread of germs. Gloves protect your hands and therefore your body from touching these infectious and contaminated surfaces.
When should a face mask be worn?
Consider wearing a face mask when you are sick with a cough or sneezing illness (with or without fever) and you expect to be around other people. The face mask will help protect others from contaminating your illness.
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How to put on a face mask?
Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
Remove the mask from the box and make sure there are no obvious tears or holes in either side of the mask.
Determine which side of the mask is the top. The side of the mask that has a stiff bendable edge is the top and is meant to mold to the shape of your nose.
Determine which side of the mask is the front. The colored side of the mask is usually the front and should face away from you, while the white side touches your face.
Follow the instructions below for the type of mask you are using.
Face Mask with Ear loops: Hold the mask by the ear loops. Place a loop around each ear.
Face Mask with Ties: Bring the mask to your nose level and place the ties over the crown of your head and secure with a bow.
Face Mask with Bands: Hold the mask in your hand with the nosepiece or top of the mask at fingertips, allowing the headbands to hang freely below hands. Bring the mask to your nose level and pull the top strap over your head so that it rests over the crown of your head. Pull the bottom strap over your head so that it rests at the nape of your neck.
6. Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.
How to remove a face mask?
Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask. Avoid touching the front of the mask. The front of the mask is contaminated. Only touch the ear loops/ties/band.
Face Mask with Ear loops: Hold both of the ear loops and gently lift and remove the mask.
Face Mask with Ties: Untie the bottom bow first then untie the top bow and pull the mask away from you as the ties are loosened.
Face Mask with Bands: Lift the bottom strap over your head first then pull the top strap over your head.
Throw the mask in the trash. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
How do you safely remove gloves?
1. Starting at the wrist, grab the outside of one glove, slowly peeling it away from the body. Do not touch the bare skin. Continue this motion until the glove is completely inverted and off the hand.
2. Place the removed glove in the gloved hand. Slide your bare fingers into the wrist area of the second glove and slowly pull it away from the body. Once it reaches the fingertips, it should completely cover the other glove in-hand. Fully remove and place both in the trash.
Please note: After removing masks and gloves, wash hands with soap and water or use sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
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