The era of wearing a cloth face mask is just beginning, and we have no prior training on how to care for such an item in our wardrobe. This is more than throwing on earrings and taking them off at the end of the day. Cloth face masks need to remain sanitary in order to continue to do their jobs.
Let's start with when to wear your cloth mask. Depending on where you are, your town may have different rules but we suggest wearing your mask whenever you are going to a public space. It may feel silly and overly cautious, but it is very necessary. Remember that you aren't only wearing the mask for yourself, but to help protect others who are vulnerable and at-risk as well.
You should apply your mask with clean hands. It's important that you aren't applying your mask with dirty, unsanitized hands or else you put yourself at risk and defeat the purpose of your mask. While in public with your mask on, avoid touching it in any way. The mask is to help prevent the virus from entering and/or leaving your mouth, and also to remind you not to touch your face. Pulling down the mask to breathe is not sanitary. If you start to feel nervous or panicked, just take a deep breath and remember that this is temporary.
Once you are back in your car, sanitize your hands if you can and remove your mask from the ear elastic. Avoid touching the front of the mask at all times. Once it is off, spray it with sanitizer or let it sit in the sun to air out and kill any bacteria that has potentially gotten on it. You can also throw your mask in the washing machine if you want an even deeper clean.
You can never be too cautious with your cloth mask. We know that it is very new to us and we are not completely comfortable with something covering our faces, but this is temporary. The more we take cautious efforts to reduce the spread of the virus, the sooner we can hang up our cloth masks for good.
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