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Masks & Gloves

DO NOT RE-USE DISPOSABLE MASKS OR GLOVES.

The N95 Mask is the most effective at reducing inhalation of the virus, and should be used in a healthcare environment when caring for patients with symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. N95 masks must be properly fitted to provide their protection. These masks can feel tight on your head and moist if used for long periods and they make breathing a bit more difficult.

A surgical mask is lighter weight than an N95 but is less effective at preventing you from getting infected with COVID-19. One train of thought suggests an up to five fold decrease of transmission if used appropriately. This mask is not effective at preventing tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, from getting through to your mouth and nose.

For either mask, keep in mind that your eyes are still exposed.

A mask is only effective if you practice good hand hygiene.

If you are healthy and just walking around town, wearing a mask will probably make little difference.

When should I wear a mask?

  • If you are coughing, sneezing or have tested positive wear a mask to help protect others.
  • If you are caring for someone who is infected.
  • If you are likely to come in contact with someone who is infected.

How do I use a mask?

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or with alcohol based hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Most masks have a metal clip at the area of the nose… make sure to pinch this to fit snug.
  • Do not touch the front of your mask with your hands.
  • Replace your mask if it becomes wet or moist. It is good practice to wash your hands before taking off a used mask and before putting on new one.
  • Remove your mask by grabbing straps from behind, pulling away from your face. Never touch the front of your mask.
  • Dispose of mask in a closed bin.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or with alcohol based hand sanitizer after removing mask.
  • Never reuse one-time use masks.

Disposable gloves will protect you by allowing you to touch contaminated surfaces while avoiding your hands coming into direct contact with the surface. Please remember that it is also important to wash your hands before putting on disposable gloves.

When should I use disposable gloves?

  • Cleaning and disinfecting your home if you or someone living with you is presumed or confirmed positive.
  • Handling of soiled laundry when caring for someone who is presumed or confirmed positive.
  • Handling the bodily fluids of someone who is presumed or confirmed positive.

Wearing gloves does not mean it is safe to touch your face.
Gloves become contaminated when you use them. Be careful that you are not spreading contaminants to other items by touching them with soiled gloves.
For example: (light switches, door handles, surfaces)

How do I remove my gloves?

  • Pinch glove at the wrist using opposite hand. Do not touch your bare skin.
  • Peel glove away from your body, peeling it inside out.
  • Hold this glove in your gloved hand.
  • Peel off the second glove by inserting your fingers inside the glove at the wrist.
  • Peel glove away from your body, inside out. Leave first glove inside the second.
  • Dispose of gloves in a closed bin.
  • Wash your hand with soap and water for 20 seconds.

DO NOT RE-USE DISPOSABLE MASKS OR GLOVES.