HOW-TO: Mask use and maintenance tips

Posted at 1:19 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 16:19:04-04

PHOENIX — Face masks have become an important part of daily life and it's just as important to use them the right way.

The CDC has provided the following mask guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cloth masks:

  • should have a minimum of two layers
  • should be washed in warm water after each use
  • should be completely dried after washing before reuse

Surgical masks and N95 respirators are currently considered critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, according to the CDC website.

Always wash your hands before putting on your mask. Masks should cover the nose and mouth with no gaps on the side. To safely put on or remove your mask, only touch the bands or ties. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when taking off your mask, and wash your hands immediately after removing.

Children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, and those who cannot remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask.