Wearing and Caring for Masks and Face Coveringsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_01_2.jpgPeople with coronavirus may not have symptoms, but they can still spread the virus. So even people without symptoms should wear a mask. Here's how to wear and care for face coverings.2019-nCoV, coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus disease 2019, novel, Wuhan, corona, masks, bandanas, bandannas, wear a mask, wash masks, clean masks, face masks, face coverings, 2019 novel coronavirus, cold symptoms, flu symptoms, 019 Novel Coronavirus, respiratory droplets, coronavirus in usa, coronavirus update, pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, PMIS05/27/202008/12/202008/12/2020Amy W. Anzilotti, MD08/07/2020caabc022-cd12-47e3-a57e-21fa1f872d10https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mask-care.html/<p>To help slow the spread of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/">coronavirus (COVID-19)</a>, health experts recommend that:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Stay at least 6 feet away from other people who do not live with you (called <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-social-distancing.html/">social distancing</a> or physical distancing).</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">Clean our hands</a> well and often.</li> <li>Wear a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-mask-video.html/">mask</a> (or face covering) when leaving our homes.</li> <li>Follow local and national health department recommendations.</li> </ul> <h3>How Does a Mask Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus?</h3> <p>Coronavirus can <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-social-distancing-animation.html/">spread</a> when people breathe, talk, cough, or sneeze. Wearing a mask keeps the virus from reaching others. It also can stop the virus from reaching you. If everyone wears a mask when they're out in public, fewer people will get sick.</p> <p>Masks do not replace social distancing. Outside your home, stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.</p> <h3>Should People Who Are Not Sick Wear a Mask?</h3> <p>People with coronavirus may not have symptoms, but they can still spread the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">virus</a>. So even people without symptoms should wear a mask.</p> <h3>Who Should Not Wear a Mask?</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Children under 2 years old should not wear a mask.</strong></li> <li>Someone who is sick and has trouble breathing should not wear a mask.</li> <li>Anyone who can't take a mask off without help (for example, if they're unconscious) should not wear a mask.</li> </ul> <h3>What Is the Best Way to Put on a Mask?</h3> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Before touching your mask or face covering, clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.</li> <li>Pick up the mask by the strings or ear loops, if it has them. If you have a cloth face covering that does not have strings or ear loops, try to pick it up in an area that will not touch your face.</li> <li>Adjust the strings, ear loops, or cloth face covering so it fits snugly against your face. There should be no gaps on the side of your face.</li> <li>The mask should cover your nose and mouth at all times.</li> <li>Do not pull the mask down to talk, cough, or sneeze.</li> </ol> <h3>What Is the Best Way to Remove a Mask?</h3> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Before taking off your mask or face covering, clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.</li> <li>Untie the strings or remove by the ear loops, if your mask has them. If you have a cloth face covering that does not have strings or ear loops, remove the covering by touching a part of it that does not touch the face.</li> <li>Fold the mask together (with the part that touches the face on the inside)&nbsp;and place in a clean paper bag or into the washing machine.</li> <li>Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.</li> </ol> <h3>How Should We Take Care of Masks and Cloth Face Coverings?</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Wash any worn masks at least once a day, or more often if they look dirty. If the manufacturer gave any special directions, follow them. Use the warmest settings on the washer and dryer that's safe for the material.</li> <li>It's OK to put your mask in the washing machine and dryer with your other laundry.</li> <li>Don't share masks unless they're washed and dried first.</li> <li>Don't store your mask with other people's masks. You can store each mask in its own clean paper bag or hang each one separately on a hook.</li> </ul> <h3>How Can I Clean My Mask Without a Washer and Dryer?</h3> <p>If you don't have a washer or dryer, you can hand wash your mask in a bleach solution and let it air dry:</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Mix 4 tablespoons (60 cc) of household bleach in 1 quart (1 liter) of room temperature water.</li> <li>Soak your mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.</li> <li>Rinse well with room temperature water.</li> <li>Let mask air dry completely (in direct sunlight, if possible).</li> </ol> <div class="rs_skip rs_preserve"><!-- TinyMCE Fix --> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-metadata.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-controller.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/single-covid-masking-en.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </div>Llevar y cuidar las mascarillas y las cubiertas de tela para la caraLas personas con coronavirus pueden no tener síntomas, pero de todas maneras transmitir el virus. 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