Posted 4 years ago

How to Wear a Facial Mask

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers Oncology Certified Nurse Chantel wants to remind you how to wear a facial mask properly.  In the video below she explains the CDC guidelines for cloth face coverings.

The following Information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

Who should NOT use Cloth Face Coverings

Children under age two.

Anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

How to wear a face maskWear Your Face Covering Correctly

Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.

Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.

Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.

Make sure you can breathe easily.

Use the Face Covering to Protect Others

Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms.

Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public.

Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead.

Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands.

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You’re Homehow to wear a face mask

Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.

Handle only by the ear loops or ties.

Fold outside corners together.

Place covering in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash cloth face coverings).

Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

Cloth face coverings are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Surgical masks and N-95 respirators must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended in CDC guidance.

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About Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers (ICRC) is the largest multi-specialty oncology network in the Greater Metro Phoenix area. They have over 100 medical providers, a robust Integrative Services program and a dedicated clinical research department. Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers has 15 valley locations and five comprehensive cancer care centers that offer a multi-disciplinary approach for expedited personalized patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.ironwoodwomenscenters.