How to Wear a Mask Correctly

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Current U-M policy on face-coverings and masks

When worn correctly, masks can effectively help prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Here's how:*

  • Wear a mask in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart.
  • Make sure the mask covers your mouth, nose and chin, with no side gaps.
  • Don't wear vented masks because they release unfiltered air.  
  • Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead,
  • Don’t touch the front of the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect​.
  • Discard disposable masks into a trash can. Do not recycle and do not litter.

*Adapted from the CDC's How to Wear Masks

Want to know more about wearing a mask?

See the CDC's Considerations for Wearing Masks and Make the Most of Your Mask from Michigan Medicine.

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