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Health Minute: How to correctly put on and remove a mask

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WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing.

It’s likely that we’ll continue to wear masks regularly to protect ourselves from COVID-19.

Here are some tips on how to properly put on and take off a mask:

Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water; Put the mask on, making sure it fits snugly around the mouth and nose. 

If the mask has a metal wire, fit it to the bridge of the nose. 

Avoid touching the front of the mask while using it. If you do, clean your hands again.  

If you wear a cloth mask, wash it after every use. 

Don’t wear a mask that is damp or wet from spit or mucus. 

Remove the mask from behind; do not touch the front of mask. Clean hands immediately after removing the mask. 

For more information, visit health.pa.gov.

Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.
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