Growing mandates by many states have started to require that face masks be worn in public settings. To date, 21 states including Texas, Virginia, Washington, Maryland and California are requiring mask coverings if going outside the home. Here are some facial covering manners for both non-medical (fabric) and medical mask wearing:

The DO’s:

  1. Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching the mask.
  2. Inspect your mask for damage before placing it around your ears by the straps.
  3. Make sure to cover your mouth, chin and nose.
  4. Avoid touching the mask or removing it around people.
  5. Clean your hands before removing the mask by its straps.
  6. Store dry, clean mask in a resealable bag if you plan to re-use it. Or wash mask in detergent and hot water, once daily.
  7. Always clean your hands after removing the mask.

The DON’T’s

  1. A mask should be snug across the chin and nose— not loose.
  2. Don’t wear a damaged mask.
  3. Don’t wear the mask under your nose. It should cover the nose at the bridge.
  4. Don’t remove the mask within 4 feet of someone in public.
  5. Do not share masks.
  6. Children under the age of 2 and senior adults who have respiratory issues are not recommended for mask wearing.

It seems the business of fashion face masks is trending in shops and online. CNN Underscored has a nice listing of where to find fun face masks for kids online:


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