Follow these guidelines to properly wear your face mask

  • Wash your hands before and after touching the mask.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • We do not recommend wearing bandanas, gaiters, masks with exhalation valves or clear shield-like face masks* as face coverings.

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

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

  • Don’t leave your nose or mouth uncovered.

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

  • 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. 
*This does not apply to recommended masks with a clear window used for lip reading.