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Pandemic First Aid. Simplified.

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

We're in the middle of a fast-moving pandemic, and the state of the world is far different than it was a month ago. Individuals with COVID-19 may be contagious even if they are not showing any symptoms. Cloth face-coverings or face masks are one more thing we can do to protect one another.

The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering when you cannot keep 6 feet between you and others in public, like at a grocery store, at a pharmacy, or on a crowded sidewalk. 

How to properly use and dispose of face masks. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

When you wear a mask you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly. To remove the mask, remove it from behind. Do not touch the front of the mask. Discard immediately in a closed bin and clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks. Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.

The general public should not wear medical masks or N95 respirators. Medical masks are in limited supply and we need to make sure these are only for front line health care workers.

Keep in mind that if you are sick and wearing a mask, you're contaminating your mask. So even if you're not showing symptoms, don't share your mask with others. If you're in need of face protection such as masks, face shield, safety glasses, gloves or any protective products, visit: Pandemic Medic


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