Wear a Mask to Protect Yourself and Others
Wear a mask that covers
your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with
COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms, and to protect you from breathing in virus
particles in the air.
Wear a mask in public
settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when
it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart, and in the elevator even if
you’re alone: the previous passenger could have been infected.
Wear a mask correctly for maximum protection:
- Do cover your nose as well as your mouth. You don't want unfiltered air with virus particles coming into your nose. And you don't want your breath coming out without filtering it: you could be infected with COVID and accidentally infect others. (You’ll get enough oxygen: Surgeons often wear masks for 8 hours at a stretch while doing delicate work requiring a lot of focus and energy. They don't lack oxygen. )
- Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead.
- Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect.