Types of Masks
for health care providers working directly with sick people
This specialized mask should be reserved for people in direct contact with people confirmed to have COVID-19 and are in the hospital. N95 respirators are fit to have a tight seal, and should be reserved for health professionals
for people working in a health care or emergency responder setting
Though not a tight-fitting as an N95 respirator, surgical masks can help filter particles out of the air. Meant to be one-use only, these masks should be reserved for health care professionals who are more exposed to the COVID-19 virus at work
The CDC now recommends wearing a face covering when outside the home. Cloth face coverings are not substitutes for surgical masks, which are in short supply, but may help prevent community spread.
- Wash with soap and water after use
- Wash hands before and after putting mask on and off
- Use more than one layer of fabric
For more information, visit the CDC website.