From Your Faith Cummunity Nurse Mary
Message from Mary Nordtvedt, RN, BSN
Your Faith Community Nurse


Mary Nordtvedt

Wearing Face Masks

The new normal is wearing face masks when we are in public places or unable to appropriately social distance. 

It may not always be comfortable, but it is the right thing to do for ourselves and for others around us. The act is an act of kindness. Are you wearing your face mask appropriately? I unfortunately see people touching their mask frequently while it is on their face and positioning it below their nose. I encourage you to review the tips below regarding wearing a cloth face mask. Let’s take care of ourselves and others.

--Blessings, Mary


How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and with social distancing in public settings.

Wear your Face Covering Correctly

This can be challenging and takes extra concentration by each of us.

  • 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.
  • Keep the covering on your face the entire time you are in public.
  • Do not put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
  • Do not touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands.

"Cross contamination occurs when someone touches under their mask or touches someone or a surface (a door handle, a box or can in the grocery store) and then touches their mask. Don’t reach for a product in the store and then reach up and adjust your mask. Avoid reaching under your mask if you have an itch," Dr. Ruth L. Bush, associate dean of medical education and a professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine, said.

  • (Do Not use cloth face coverings if a child is under age 2, or a person who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance).

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully When You’re Home

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
  • Fold outside corners together.
  • Wash on hot cycle in machine or hand wash after each use. Air dry or in a dryer. Store the mask in a paper bag.
  • If using a disposable face mask, it should only be used for one day and then discarded.
  • Do not touch your nose or mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing mask.

Remember and practice:

  • Stay at leas 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Do not go out if you feel unwell.
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

(Resources: How to wear cloth face coverings)


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Last Published: July 2, 2020 11:35 AM
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