Por qué y cómo usar las máscaras faciales

Por qué y cómo usar las máscaras faciales

¿Qué es una máscara facial o una cubierta facial?
  • Es cualquier cosa que cubra su nariz, boca y mentón.
  • Usted puede usar una máscara de tela, bufanda o pañuelo, siempre y cuando cubra su nariz, boca y debajo de la barbilla.

Do I need to wear a face covering? 

Yes, you do. Here’s why:

  • In California and across the country, you are now advised to wear a face covering when you leave your house.
  • In some cities and counties, you must wear a face covering when out in public.  Police can fine you if you are out in public without a face covering.
  • Stores may not allow you in to shop without a face covering.

Why do I need to wear a face covering?
  • A mask covers your mouth and nose to help protect you and others around you.
  • The virus spreads easily through the air between people.
  • We now know the virus can spread, even when people talk to each other.
  • Many people have COVID-19 but do not feel sick. So, they can spread the virus without meaning to.
  • In fact, you or others could be infected and not show symptoms for up to 14 days. This is a time when the virus can still spread from one person to another.
  • So, to be safe, wear a face mask to reduce the chance that the virus may spread without you or others knowing it.
Can I go out more if I wear a face covering?

No! The stay-at-home order is still the best weapon we have against this virus.

  • Go out only when you need to pick up a “must have” item or take short walks.
  • Wearing a face covering provides just an extra layer protection for you and others.
Do I need to buy a MEDICAL face mask?

No. You do not.

  • Hospital workers and first responders are the ONLY people who need a medical face masks.
  • They are caring for patients with COVID-19 and others who may be infected.
  • They need medical face masks to care for patients and protect themselves.
Can I make a face covering?

Yes, you can!

Can I buy face masks that you throw away?
  • You can buy face masks that are made for outside workers, if you can find them. 
  • But, do NOT buy medical grade face masks. Health care workers and first responders are the ONLY people who need special masks.
How do I use a face covering?
  • Your scarf, bandana or fabric mask must cover your nose, mouth and under the chin when you put it on.
  • It should fit snug against your face and keep in place with either ties or loops that go over your ears.
  • Do not touch your eyes or your face when wearing a face covering.
What should I do when I get home and take it off?
  • Remove your face mask carefully when you get home.
  • Touch only the part of your face covering that is facing your skin.
  • Try to not touch the part of your face covering that faced outward because it may have germs.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after you remove your mask.
  • Wash your face covering in hot water and soap.
  • Dry your face covering with a hot dryer after each time you use it.