CDC Recommendations on Making & Wearing Cloth Face Covers for COVID-19

If you’re keeping track of everything in a fast-changing situation, you know the US CDC is now recommending that people wear cloth face masks (not N95 respirators) while in public to help prevent transmission of the novel COVID-19 virus.

The CDC says this is largely because they believe the face masks will help prevent people who are infected from spreading that infection to others by catching respiratory droplets and not letting them spread.

Keep in mind if you’re wearing a face mask, you still need to practice other safety and health measures related to COVID-19, including stay home when you can and maintaining your social distancing of six feet or more (see this article for more on the six-foot rule).

You’ll also have to keep in mind some new rules related to wearing the face mask, including washing your hands carefully before you put it on; not touching the face mask once you’ve got it on; wearing it correctly; removing it properly without touching your face; and washing it after each use.

To learn more about creating your own face mask, wearing one, and otherwise using it in a safe and healthy manner, see this special webpage from the CDC.

Stay safe, friends!

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 25 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and an Instructional Design certification from the Association of Talent Development (ATD), and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training. Jeff frequently writes for magazines related to safety, safety training, and training and frequently speaks at conferences on the same issues, including the Washington Governor's Safety and Health Conference, the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, the Wisconsin Safety Conference, the MSHA Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference, and others.

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