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How to Safely Put on and Take off a Mask

How do I correctly wear a face mask?

Face masks can be an effective control measure in a community setting, as well as a healthcare setting, in preventing droplets of bodily fluids from escaping via the nose and mouth.

They protect the wearer against splashes and sprays (sneezes and coughs) from other people, but the face mask must have proper application.

You may be asked to, or choose to, wear a mask to protect yourself and others. We have collaborated with SA Health to understand how to safely put on and take off a mask.

Watch the video of Lysanthi at SA Health putting on a Level 3 Surgical Mask to learn more, or follow our simple steps below.

1. Appropriate hand hygiene should be used before touching the face mask. Hold the mask on the short edges with the ear loop connection points facing outwards.

2. Pinching firmly on the nose piece, place one ear loop around the back of your ear and ensure it is secure. 

3. Place the second ear loop up over your other ear and check the face mask is evenly aligned on your face.

4. Expand the pleats to ensure a secure and comfortable fit.

5. Check the face mask fit to ensure it is secured at the bridge of the nose and mouth. There should always be minimal gaps between the mask and face.

Appropriate hand hygiene should always be used when touching the mask. Masks should not be reapplied and should be discarded safely after use. 

Please see our instructional video with SA Health about safely donning and doffing our L3 Surgical Mask, or masks of a similar design.

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