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Cloth Face Mask FAQs

This page addresses frequently asked questions about cloth face masks. 

Kolohe’s tips for masks: 

  • Make sure you have multiple cloth masks because the CDC recommends you wash after each use.  
  • A tip for making sure you know which mask to wash: get different colors so they don’t get mixed up! 
  • If you need to make your mask smaller, cut the elastics on the side and tie them to your preferred length. 
  • If you've ordered a mask charm, here's how to put it on: Hold the elastic part tight and then slip the charm on. Remember to take the charm off when you wash your mask! 

Why do I need to wear a cloth face mask? 

  • With the new data about how COVID-19 spreads, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that you wear a cloth face mask to cover your nose and mouth in a community setting. This is to protect those around you if you are infected but are asymptomatic (do not have symptoms). 

When should I wear my cloth face mask? 

  • You should wear your cloth face mask whenever you are in a community setting, especially if you may be near others. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. Cloth face masks do not substitute social distancing. They are especially important to wear in public in areas with widespread COVID-19.  

Do I still need to stay at least 6 feet away from people if wearing my face mask? 

  • Yes. Wearing cloth face masks are additional public health measures you should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The CDC still recommends staying at least 6 feet away from other (social distancing), frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions. A cloth face mask is not intended to protect the wearer (you), but it may prevent the spread of the virus from the wearer to others. Thi is especially important if someone is infected but is asymptomatic (does not show any symptoms). 

Who should NOT wear cloth face masks? 

  • Cloth face masks should be worn by children under 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance. 

Why is the CDC recommending cloth face masks instead of medical grade face masks? 

  • Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in extremely short supply and should be reserved for our healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by the CDC.