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Recommendations for wearing a mask

September 1, 2021

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As the university continues with its masking mandate, we want to offer a gentle reminder about the appropriate type of masks to wear and the appropriate way to wear a mask. Please wear masks with two or more layers of tightly woven fabric. We recommend a mask with a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask. Face coverings made of thinner, loosely woven, or single-layer fabric such as certain types of masks, scarves, neck gaiters, or bandanas are not appropriate as they are not as effective for blocking droplets that come out when speaking, coughing, or sneezing. They should be used only if nothing else is available. Any masks that incorporate a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, masks that do not fit securely across the nose and mouth, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are NOT sufficient face coverings because they allow droplets to be released from the mask. Such masks do not comply with the university’s masking mandate.

A mask must cover the nose and mouth completely and fit snugly against your face without gaps. The mask should not be overly tight or restrictive and should feel comfortable to wear. If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging. Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it. If you often have to touch or adjust your mask, it does not fit you properly and you may need to find a different mask or make adjustments. Wash your mask after each time you wear it.