Face masks should be worn according to the Covid Plan.
One of the best known ways to help slow the spread of Covid-19, is to correctly wear a face covering, which means wearing it snugly over both your nose and mouth.
Covid-19 infects others through droplets. These droplets can be projected into the air when someone breathes, talks, sneezes, coughs, etc. Face masks help to contain these water droplets by keeping them from projecting into the air, which in turn reduces the likelihood of transmission.
Acceptable Face Masks
There are multiple options to satisfy the university’s requirement for wearing a face mask. It is strongly recommended that individuals wear medical-grade N95, KN95 masks or multi-layered masks (e.g., disposable surgical-type without ventilators). Face shields are allowed to be worn if accompanied with an appropriate face mask.
The university provides appropriate disposable masks at stations across campus, if you forget to bring one.
Here are some examples of acceptable and unacceptable face masks to wear when inside university facilities or around campus:
Proper Ways to Put on Your Face Mask
- Wash or sanitize your hands before putting on and after removing a mask.
- Identify the inside of the mask, which is usually white or lighter in color.
- Place the inside of the mask over your nose and mouth by placing the loops over your ears.
- Pinch the nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
- Secure the mask under your chin.
- Make sure it fit snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps. (Keep beards trimmed close to your face and double mask for more protection.)
- Do not put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead.
- Avoid touching the mask while wearing.
Proper Ways to Remove Your Face Mask
- When removing your mask, handle only by the ties or ear loops.
- Fold outside corners together and throw away or store until next use.
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth while removing the face mask.
- Wash your hands after touching the face mask.
How to Maintain a Mask
- Do not share a face mask.
- Store a face mask in a paper bag, envelope or something that won’t retain moisture in between uses.
- Discard a single-use mask if it becomes dirtied, damaged, wet or difficult to breathe through. Replace periodically.
- See the CDC recommendations.