Your Guide to Masks: how to select, properly wear, clean and store masks
|To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, it is recommended that you continue to wear a mask that fits well and that you can wear consistently. |
Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to help prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters air and how many layers it has.
Types of Masks
Cloth masksCloth masks can be made from a variety of fabrics and many types of cloth masks are available.
Wear cloth mask with:
Do NOT wear cloth masks with:
Procedure MasksDisposable procedure masks are widely avilable. They are sometimes referred to as surgical or medical procedure masks.
Wear procedure masks with:
Respirators (KN95 or N95 masks)When choosing a respirator, look at how well it fits and read the manufacturer instructions. These instructions include information on how to wear, store, clean or properly dispose of the respirator.
Wear respirator masks with:
DO's and DON'Ts of mask wearing