Facemasks

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2020 10:48am

Should I use facemasks

If you are well, you do not need to wear a facemask to protect yourself from COVID-19.

Facemasks are generally for people who are suspected or known to have the virus and people in close contact (within a metre) of someone suspected or known to be infected. This is normally only healthcare workers and carers.

People who are sick with COVID-19 should wear a facemask (if they can) when they need to leave self-isolation, for example when they get tested or go to see a doctor.

How to use facemasks safely

Be careful to use facemasks properly. Follow the steps below to help protect others around you:

  • If given masks by your GP, leave the masks in a zip-lock bag until you need to use them.
  • Before putting on a facemask, wash your hands all over with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub. Dry your hands well.
  • To put the mask on, cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Tie it in place.
  • Once your mask is on, don’t touch it. If you do touch it, wash your hands all over with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Replace the mask with a new one if it gets damp. Do not reuse masks.
  • To remove the mask: undo the straps and remove the mask without touching the front of it. Put it straight in the rubbish. Wash your hands all over with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub. Dry your hands well.

View the fact sheet on how to use facemasks safely.