How should I clean my cloth mask?

When to clean

Cloth masks should be cleaned after each use. Importantly, if your mask gets wet, moist or visibly dirty, it’s time to take it off, put on a new one and wash the old one. A supply of masks will help you manage the cleaning process, so you always have one to hand. The number of masks you want to have in supply will depend on how frequently you leave the house and use them.

Remember the mask may be contaminated, so don’t touch the front of it when taking it off. Instead, use the loops or ties to take it off, then store it in a plastic bag or dedicated area, ready to be washed. And wash your hands immediately afterwards.

If you happen to have a surgical or medical mask, these are single-use only, so should not be laundered, cleaned or reused.

How to clean

Washing cloth masks is pretty straightforward. You can add them to your normal laundry wash. Make sure to use a detergent and to use the warmest temperature setting your clothes and cloth can handle.

There is no need to use disinfectant in your wash. For the detergent, you may want to use a non-scented detergent if you are sensitive to the smell.

If you want to wash your cloth mask by hand, use a bucket of hot water with a detergent. Just use hot water from the tap, no need to boil water. Let the cloth mask soak in the water, give it a hand wash and rinse. If your mask remains visibly dirty, try washing it in the washing machine.

As always, ensure you wash your hands after you put the mask in the washing machine or bucket, and after handling your mask in general.

Drying them is important

A wet cloth mask is not effective to use, so your cloth mask must be dry before using it again. You can dry your cloth mask in any number of ways.

You can use a dryer (using a heat setting) or lay it flat to air-dry. Direct sunlight is also another way to dry your cloth mask. You can hang it, but it’s best to dry it flat so it doesn’t lose its shape.

When you have washed and dried your mask, store it in a clean, dry place where it won’t get contaminated again.

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Fauci implores state and local leaders to ‘be as forceful as possible’ with mask orders

(CNN)The nation’s top infectious disease expert on Friday urged governors and mayors to “be as forceful as possible” to get people to wear face coverings.Social distancing, an important factor in blunting the spread of coronavirus, can be difficult with more people going out, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.”When you’re living your life and trying to open up the country, you are going to come into contact with people. And for that reason, we know that masks are really important, and we should be using them everywhere,” he said during a US Chamber of Commerce virtual event.Americans are actually slowing down the re-opening the country by not wearing a mask, said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Debate over wearing masks heats up

An unpublished document prepared for the White House coronavirus task force says 18 states in the coronavirus “red zone” for cases should roll back reopening measures amid surging cases.The “red zone” is defined as areas “that during the last week reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10%.”Georgia is among the 18 states in the “red zone” for cases and among the 11 states in the zone for test positivity.As some states struggled to tame the virus, the debate over wearing face coverings is heating up. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday over her efforts to require face masks in public places. Friday on CNN, Bottoms accused Kemp of playing politics and wasting taxpayer money with the suit. President Donald Trump this week visited, and Bottoms pointed out he was breaking city law by not wearing a mask.

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The reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you, sure, but the main reason we want you to wear a mask to protect ME from YOU!

“The reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you, sure, but the main reason we want you to wear a mask to protect ME from YOU!” He exclaims towards the end of the video. “This is literally a matter of life or death.”

(CNN)Bill Nye the Science Guy took to TikTok to demonstrate why the general public should wear a mask. “Why do people in the scientific community want you to wear a face mask when you are out in public?” Nye asks in his social video.”Masks prevent particles from my respiratory system from getting into your respiratory system… Blocking the movement of air is an old trick.”

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Most Americans say they regularly wore a mask in stores in the past month; fewer see others doing it

According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted June 4-10, 2020.

Overall, 65% of U.S. adults say that they have personally worn a mask in stores or other businesses all or most of the time in the past month, while 15% say they did this some of the time. Relatively small shares of adults say they hardly ever (9%) or never (7%) wore a mask in the past month, and 4% say they have not gone to these types of places.

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Want to prevent another shutdown, save 33,000 lives and protect yourself? Wear a face mask, doctors say

If 95% of Americans wore face masks in public, it could prevent 33,000 deaths by October 1, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

First, health officials said we shouldn’t wear face masks. Then, they said we should. Now, many are saying we must wear masks if we want to keep the economy open and save tens of thousands of lives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says everyone “should” wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.”

Why did health officials tell us not to wear masks before?

What do doctors say about face masks now?

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#WearMaskWhile Challenge

Why are we doing this?

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Hit New Single-Day High Ahead of July Fourth Weekend

The reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you, sure, but the main reason we want you to wear a mask to protect ME from YOU!

Health experts say that the evidence is clear regarding masks being capable of preventing the spread of COVID-19, thus the more people wear masks the better. Due to the abundance of asymptomatic infection, there’s no way to pinpoint who should wear a mask or not; hence, everyone should wear a mask. Additionally, researchers emphasize that there are two main reasons to wear masks: to protect your own life and to protect the well-being of others. Although there isn’t a significant amount of evidence surrounding the protection of the mask-wearer, there is strong evidence about masks protecting others from catching an infection from a person wearing the mask, since infected people can spread the virus just by talking. Therefore, we highly encourage people who already wear masks to speak up and share their actions on social media. We need more and more people to take pride in wearing masks and to support this cause through actions in effort to bring up enough force to fight COVID-19.

What does it mean?

We all know the best way of fighting COVID-19 is to wear a mask, social distancing at least 6 feet apart, and wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer constantly. However, it’s more than just rules, we want to shine a different light on these “mandatory” rules to help masks become more relatable and trendy.

How to support it?

Let’s make it a trend/movement by using #WearMaskWhile and showing off those photos/videos on social media of you wearing face masks whether it is hiking outside, your favorite yoga position, or even something as casual as making a grocery run! Help spread the awareness by challenging your friends and family members to do the same! Again, the more people wear masks, the higher the chance the COVID-19 war can end.

CDC: Who Should Not Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should not be worn by:

  • Children younger than 2 years old
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance

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Still Confused About Masks? Here’s the Science Behind How Face Masks Prevent Coronavirus

Do masks protect the people wearing them or the people around them?

“I think there’s enough evidence to say that the best benefit is for people who have COVID-19 to protect them from giving COVID-19 to other people, but you’re still going to get a benefit from wearing a mask if you don’t have COVID-19,” said Chin-Hong.

Masks may be more effective as a “source control” because they can prevent larger expelled droplets from evaporating into smaller droplets that can travel farther.

Another factor to remember, noted Rutherford, is that you could still catch the virus through the membranes in your eyes, a risk that masking does not eliminate.

How many people need to wear masks to reduce community transmission?

“What you want is 100 percent of people to wear masks, but you’ll settle for 80 percent,” said Rutherford. In one simulation, researchers predicted that 80 percent of the population wearing masks would do more to reduce COVID-19 spread than a strict lockdown.

The latest forecast from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation suggests that 33,000 deaths could be avoided by October 1 if 95 percent of people wore masks in public.

Even if you live in a community where few people wear masks, you would still reduce your own chances of catching the virus by wearing one, said Chin-Hong and Rutherford.

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How can I wear my face covering safely?

How can I wear my face covering safely?

To reduce risks to your health, follow these rules:

• Use a face covering for no more than four hours at a time, then wash in hot water and dry thoroughly before using it again

• Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before you put on the mask

• Wash hands again after removing the covering. Do not touch the outside front part of the covering as the area is likely to be contaminated

• Face coverings are not 100% effective, so continue to practice social distancing and hand washing when you wear a mask

What type of face covering should I use?

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