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How to use a non-medical mask in the safe way?

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According to instruction from Canada.ca


  • Do wear a non-medical mask or face covering to protect yourself and others.
  • Do ensure the mask is made of at least 3 layers, including 2 layers of tightly woven fabric, with a filter or filter fabric between layers.
  • Do inspect the mask for tears or holes.
  • Do ensure the mask or face covering is clean and dry.
  • Do wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after touching the mask or face covering.
  • Do use the ear loops or ties to put on and remove the mask.
  • Do ensure your nose and mouth are fully covered.
  • Do replace and launder your mask whenever it becomes damp or dirty.
  • Do wash your mask with hot, soapy water and let it dry completely before wearing it again.
  • Do store re-usable masks in a clean paper bag until you wear it again.
  • Do discard masks that cannot be washed in a plastic lined garbage bin after use.


  • Don't wear masks with exhalation valves or vents.
  • Don't wear a loose mask.
  • Don't touch the mask while wearing it.
  • Don't remove the mask to talk to someone.
  • Don't hang mask from your neck or ears.
  • Don't share your mask.
  • Don't leave your used mask within the reach of others.
  • Don't reuse masks that are damp, dirty or damaged.

Remember, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. Stay at home if you're sick, wash your hands often and practise physical distancing.

Do your part to protect yourself and others

Wear a non-medical mask or face covering:

  • when you're in shared indoor spaces
  • when you can't maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others
  • as advised by your local public health authority

Be kind

Some people may not be able to wear a mask or face covering.

Non-medical masks are not recommended for:

  • people who suffer from an illness or disabilities that make it difficult to put on or take off a mask
  • those who have difficulty breathing
  • children under the age of 2 years

Be environmentally responsible

Wear reusable masks whenever possible.

Washable and reusable masks are more environmentally friendly than disposable masks.

If you must use a disposable mask, dispose of it properly.

Don't litter.

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