How to protect yourself: Studies show that COVID-19 can be spread by people who are asymptomatic (not showing symptoms). This is why keeping a physical distance of about 6 feet from others is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19. In public, though, staying 6 feet from others may be difficult. As additional protection for yourself, wash your hands frequently and practice other everyday preventative actions. To protect others, wear a cloth face covering.
Cloth face coverings during travel: Before allowing you to board a plane, many airlines are now recommending or requiring you to put on a cloth face covering to protect other passengers and crew. Here are instructions for making a cloth face covering at home, when and how to wear a cloth face covering, and more information about cloth face coverings:
- Know how to safely wear and take off a cloth face covering.
- Protect Others. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the person who wears it. Instead, people should wear cloth face coverings to prevent spreading respiratory droplets to others. This can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by people who have no symptoms.
- Make Sure Your Cloth Face Covering Fits! It should: Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of your face. Be secured with ties or ear loops. Include multiple layers of fabric but still allow for breathing without restriction. Keep its shape after going through the washing machine and dryer.
- Carefully Remove Your Face Covering. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing your face covering. Wash your hands immediately after removing it.
- Wash your face cloth after each use.
- Who Should Not Wear Coverings? Children younger than 2 years of age and anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance should not wear a face covering.
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