In light of Governor DeWine’s July 7 mask ordinance, we wanted to provide some tips for wearing and caring for your face mask.
Tips for Wearing a Mask
We understand that wearing a mask can be uncomfortable for some, especially when worn for long periods of time. To make mask wearing a little easier, follow the tips below!
- Ease into it. Before going out in public and wearing a mask for long periods of time, try it out at home. While masks are not necessary within your home and in the presence of people you live with, test the comfort of your mask at home. Remember, your mask should fit snugly on the sides of your face.
- Consider your options. If the mask you currently have isn’t comfortable or is restricting your breathing, try another style. For example, if the loops around your ears are uncomfortable, try one that ties at the back of your head.
- If a mask must be removed, be careful where you place it. If you are around other people and must remove your mask, do not place it on an unsanitary surface. Health professionals recommend that you place your face covering on a clean paper towel or tissue with the exterior faced down. You can also store your mask in a paper bag to prevent cross contamination.
- Do not let your masks touch. Unless your masks or face coverings have been freshly washed, you should not allow one mask to touch another. This includes, but is not limited to, hanging masks from the rearview mirror of a vehicle, storing multiple masks in your bag, and placing used masks on a surface without cleaning it.
Requirements for a Safe Mask
A mask should meet the following requirements:
- Fit snugly (but not tightly) against the side of the face
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for unrestricted breathing
- Be secured with ear loops or ties
- Be able to be machine cleaned and dried without damage if reusable
Beacon will be following the guidance set forth by health professionals. When you come to see us in person for an appointment, we will be happy to provide a disposable mask if you do not have your own.
To learn more about Governor DeWine’s mask ordinance, click here.