How to put on, use, remove and dispose of a mask
- 1. Remember that only health care workers, caregivers and persons with respiratory symptoms such as fever and cough should wear a mask.
- 2. Before touching the mask, wash your hands with an alcohol-based disinfectant or soap and water.
- 3. Inspect the mask for tears or holes.
- 4. Orient the upper part (where the metal strip is located) upwards.
- 5. Make sure that the correct side of the mask (the colored side) is facing outward.
- 6. Place the mask over your face. Pinch the metal strip or rigid edge of the mask to conform to the shape of your nose.
- 7. Pull down the lower part of the mask so that it covers your mouth and chin.
- 8. After use, remove the mask; remove the elastic straps from behind the ears keeping the mask away from the face and clothing, so as not to touch potentially contaminated surfaces of the mask.
- 9. Dispose of the mask in a closed container immediately after use.
- 10. Wash hands after handling or disposing of the mask. Use an alcohol-based disinfectant or, if they are visibly soiled, wash them with soap and water.