Social media graphic illustrating mask dos and donts

Wearing a well-fitted mask in indoor public settings can help maximize protection from circulating variants and can help prevent spreading viruses to others. COVID-19 is still circulating, causing illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Even if you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a mask in some situations.

Wearing a mask is recommended:

  • if you have been exposed to, or tested positive for COVID-19
  • indoors in public depending on the COVID-19 level in your community
  • if you or someone close to you has a weakened immune system or is at high risk for severe illness
  • when you are sick, or caring for someone who is sick
  • if you have an underlying health condition, are pregnant, or are age 65 years or older
  • if you wish to, based on personal preference and personal risk
  • where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance

Layered prevention strategies — like staying up to date on vaccines and wearing masks — can help prevent severe illness and reduce strain on the healthcare system. It is also important to continue to wash hands frequently, cover coughs/sneezes, and stay home when sick.

If you wear a mask, be sure to follow these dos and don’ts:

Dos Don’ts
Do wear a mask that fits snuggly from nose to chin Don’t wear your mask below the nose, around your neck, or on your forehead
Do wear a face mask in public around others who do not live in your household Don’t stop social distancing (stay at least 6 feet apart)
Do stay at least 6 feet apart from others in public Don’t take your mask off in public if you are within 6 feet of others
Do wash your hands frequently Don’t touch your mask more than necessary
Do wear a mask consistently and correctly to stop respiratory droplets from getting inside or escaping from your mask Don’t use a single-layer cloth mask or other loose-fitting mask


Reviewed March 2023

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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