CDC Recommends Face Masks in Public

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The CDC now recommends wearing a cloth face covering (or mask) in public settings where social distancing can be difficult to maintain.

When to wear a mask

  • Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores or pharmacies
  • Picking up food from the drive thru or curbside pickup
  • While visiting your health care provider
  • Traveling on public transportation
  • Interacting with customers, clients, or coworkers at essential businesses
  • When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing

Protect critical medical supplies

DO NOT use surgical masks or N-95 respirators. They are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Make your own mask

Many step-by-step tutorials are available for creating masks, including “sew” and “no sew” versions:

CDC DIY Cloth Face Coverings

US Surgeon General: How to Make Your Own Face Covering (YouTube)

JOANNE Fabric Stores

Easy No-Sew Shop Towel Mask (YouTube)

Mask use and maintenance

  • Fit the mask snugly to your face
  • Secure the mask with ties or ear loops
  • Your mask should have multiple layers but allow you to breathe without restriction
  • Machine wash and dry your mask routinely
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing your mask
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing the mask