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How to Wear a Face Mask Properly

Face Coverings Required at All CHKD Facilities at All Times

Even though we have made progress in the battle against COVID-19, the CDC and Virginia Department of Health still require that everyone wear a mask inside healthcare facilities. That includes all CHKD Health System locations, including our health centers and physician practices. As always, children under the age of 2 and those who cannot wear a mask safely are exempt.

All adults are required to wear masks inside CHKD facilities.

No Masks with Valves

A recent study of various types of face coverings reconfirmed that masks of any kind with valves do not protect others from the spread of COVID-19. Valves are openings in the mask that allow exhalations – which could contain SARS-CoV-2 droplets – to escape and infect others. Valved masks are not allowed in CHKD facilities.

Cloth Face Coverings Should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • allow for breathing without restriction.
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage.

How to Wear Your Face Covering Properly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
  • Put your face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Make sure it fits snugly on your face and you can breathe comfortably.
  • Never place a mask on a child younger than 2.

Use of fabric face coverings is not intended to replace other recommended methods to stop the community spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, hand washing, and refraining from touching your face.