You should wear a face mask, and here’s how to do it

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 08, 2020 12:31 PM CT | Published: May 07, 2020 3:11 PM CT

Here are tips from the Shelby County Health Department on the right way to wear face masks or face coverings:

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  • Wash your hands before using the mask or covering.
  • You can use a scarf as a face covering but it should be made of natural fibers and have several layers or be thick.
  • Make sure the covering is snug and covers your mouth, nose and chin.
  • Use the ear loops to remove the mask.
  • If you have a cloth mask or covering, wash it daily per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
  • Do not wear the mask or covering on the tip of your nose or with your nose exposed.
  • Do not leave your chin exposed.
  • Do not leave gaps on the side of the mask.
  • Don’t touch the mask or covering while it is on your face.
  • Don’t pull the mask under your chin.
  • Don’t wear it on top of your forehead.
  • Don’t reuse single-use masks.
  • Don’t have a false sense of security about a mask or covering. The best way to protect yourself is still to practice social distancing or stay at home and wash your hands whether your stay at home or go out.

Source: Alisa Haushalter, director of the Shelby County Health Department, and Jennifer Randle, Shelby County Health Department laboratory supervisor.

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