You Have A Mask But Are You Wearing It Properly?
Getting a mask was half the battle, now we need to make sure we're wearing them properly.
We've all seen it. Someone is out in public, they have their mask on, but not "on." The mask covers their mouth but not their nose, is pushed down under their chin, or has gapping issues (gaposis central)! Here are a few tips to help make sure we're all wearing our masks for the best possible protection.
- Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
- Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
- To remove the mask: remove it from behind – do not touch the front of mask; discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Remember, even with a mask, make sure to maintain a distance of 6-feet from others.
As of May 18, King County residents have been directed to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible. In June, Governor Inslee followed suit, issuing a statewide directive requiring all Washingtonians to wear face coverings in most public settings. That order went into effect on June 26.
Face Covering Exemptions: Some people (and children) may not be able to wear face coverings due to health and safety reasons. For more information about exemptions, visit this information page.