COVID-19 Update

Health

Follow these guidelines to properly wear your face mask

  • illustration of hand washing

    Wash your hands before and after touching the mask.

  • illustration of a hand holding a mask by the strap

    Touch only the bands or ties when putting on and taking off your mask.

  • illustration of a woman wearing a mask properly covering her face

    Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin. If you adjust the mask to cover those areas, wash your hands before and after.

  • illustration of an older woman talking while wearing a mask

    Make sure you can breathe and talk comfortably through your mask.

  • illustration of a washing machine

    Wash reusable masks after each use. If the mask is disposable, discard it when visibly soiled or damaged.

TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS, Avoid these common mask-wearing mistakes

  • Illustrations of ineffective face masks, including a mask with a valve, a bandanna and a neck gaiter

    We do not recommend wearing bandanas, gaiters or masks with exhalation valves as face coverings.

  • illustration of a man touching his mask when he isn't supposed to

    Don’t touch your or your child’s mask while it is being worn.

  • illustration of a man incorrectly wearing his mask under his chin

    Don’t wear the mask under your chin with your nose and mouth exposed.

  • illustration of a woman incorrectly wearing a mask with her nose and chin exposed

    Don’t leave your nose or mouth uncovered.

  • A man removing his mask in public

    Don’t remove the mask while around others in public.

  • illustration of someone handing a used mask to someone else

    Don’t share your mask with family members or friends.

Everyone is required to wear a face mask in a Johns Hopkins Medicine building. Patients can remove the face mask when they are alone in their hospital room. Staff performing care or other duties in a patient’s room can ask the patient to wear a face mask while they are in the room.
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Updated September 11, 2020.