Whether we like it or not, face masks have quickly become the newest accessory to our daily look. This integral layer of protection helps prevent the spread of coronavirus, influenza, and other infectious diseases by providing a barrier for respiratory droplets. Wearing one in public not only prevents your respiratory droplets from spreading to others, but it also keeps theirs from easily entering your nose and mouth. Masking up is an especially important added layer of protection for others, since you can unknowingly spread the virus even when you are asymptomatic (or not showing symptoms) yourself.
And while wearing a mask may seem fairly straightforward, there are some face covering pointers that even the saviest of maskers may not know — plus some sustainable (and cute!) alternatives to single-use face masks. Discover everything you need to know about selecting, wearing, and washing your face mask with this simple guide.
Face masks basics
Last Updated: February 1, 2021
How to properly wear a face mask, clean a cloth face covering, transition to sustainable, eco-friendly mask options — and trick kids into enjoying keeping their faces covered.