Trinity Health Chief of Staff Jeffrey Sather, MD, shows the proper way to don, doff, and wear homemade and surgical masks.
- Before donning mask, wash or sanitize your hands. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If using hand sanitizer, make sure to let the sanitizer dry completely.
- Put mask on so that it fits snugly but comfortably against the side of your face. Your nose, mouth, and chin should be covered.
- Do not touch your face mask and avoid wearing it anywhere besides your face (i.e. around your neck).
- Before doffing mask, wash or sanitize your hands.
- Remove face mask by straps or ties. If using a cloth mask, place the mask in a paper bag for storage. If using a surgical mask, dispose of the mask appropriately.
- Wash or sanitize hands.
Washing Your Cloth Mask
According to the CDC, a washing machine will suffice in cleaning a cloth face covering. Wash in hot water and tumble dry on high heat. Trinity Health recommends laundering masks at home daily.