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CDC’s Dos and Don’ts for Face Masks

Per the New York State mandate, students must wear masks inside school buildings and on school buses. Last month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidance on masks. The guidance included a number of important “dos and don’ts,” which are highlighted below.

According to the latest CDC guidance, DO choose face masks that:

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the face, without gaps
  • Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask

DO NOT choose the following types of masks:

  • Those made of fabrics that make it hard to breathe, such as vinyl
  • Those that are prioritized for healthcare workers (e.g., N95 respirators labeled as “surgical” or “medical”)
  • Face shields
  • Gaiters with less than two layers. (However, folding the gaiter to make two layers is acceptable)

Additionally, the guidance suggests that, for a better fit, children wear masks especially made for children, and that a child’s face mask should fit over the nose and mouth, with no gaps on the sides.

Click here to read the complete CDC guidance on masks, endorsed by the New York State Department of Health.

Graphic on masks