Here’s how to wear your face covering correctly.

The CDC recommends that you wear a face covering when you go into a public place where you can’t keep at least six feet from other people. And some states and cities require people to wear them. But wearing a face covering is not enough—you have to wear and handle it correctly

Here are some face covering do’s and don’ts:

  • Cover your nose, mouth, and chin. You spread the coronavirus when you breathe out, cough, or sneeze. If your mask isn’t covering your nose AND mouth, it’s not doing its job.
  • Don’t touch your mask, especially the part over your nose and mouth. You don’t want any germs on your hands to get near your mouth, and you don’t want to spread germs from your mouth onto your hands.
  • When you take your mask on and off, touch only the part that goes over your ears or around the back of your head. Remember, never touch the mask in the area that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands before you put your mask on and after you take it off.
  • Wash your mask after a few uses, and more often it gets dirty. A washing machine is just fine.

For maximum benefit, wear your face covering right!


Last update:May 19, 2020, 10:00 pm ET
Science review: ERS, GSN