Frequently asked questions

So, when should you wear a facemask?

  1. When you are seeking medical treatment for flu-like symptoms. If you don't have a facemask, let the receptionist or nurse know right away if you have flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat and muscle aches. You may be asked to wear a mask to avoid infecting others.
  2. Before you go out in public with flu-like symptoms.
  3. When you are sick with the flu, wear a facemask when you are in the common areas of your home around other people.
  4. If you have the flu and you are breastfeeding your doctor may suggest that you wear a facemask so that you don't give the flu to your baby.
  5. If you are a designated caregiver for someone who has the flu and are at high risk of serious complications from the flu you may want to wear a facemask. Because a facemask will restrict the flow of air, a facemask should NOT be used by people who already have difficulty breathing due to an existing medical condition, such as asthma or emphysema.

Can wearing a mask protect you against coronavirus?

In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Wearing a face covering during the coronavirus pandemic helps prevent the spread of germs, in addition to social distancing, hand washing, and staying home when sick

Are face masks mandatory?

OSHA recommends allowing workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent them from spreading the virus. Face coverings are required for employees of restaurants, personal care services, and gyms and fitness centers.

How to put on a face mask?

  1. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
  2. Remove a mask from the box and make sure there are no obvious tears or holes in either side of the mask.
  3. Determine which side of the mask is the top. The side of the mask that has a stiff bendable edge is the top and is meant to mold to the shape of your nose.
  4. Determine which side of the mask is the front. The colored side of the mask is usually the front and should face away from you, while the white side touches your face.
  5. Mold or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose.
  6. If using a face mask with ties: Then take the bottom ties, one in each hand, and secure with a bow at the nape of your neck.
  7. Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.