6/28/20 Face Masks
A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer,
but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.

CDC:  COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering

  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face

  • Make sure you can breathe easily

  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands



  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops

  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties

  • Fold outside corners together

  • Wash  -  see below

  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.


Washing machine

  • You can include your face covering with your regular laundry.

  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.


Washing by hand

  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or

    • 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water

  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.

  • Soak the face covering in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.

  • Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.


Make sure to completely dry cloth face covering after washing.


  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.

Air dry

  • Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the cloth face covering in direct sunlight.

How to make your own Face Mask (video)  (very, very simple)