Face Mask FYI


To help protect others from COVID-19, DHEC encourages everyone to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19 for more information. #StaySCStrong

Posted by SC DHEC on Sunday, May 17, 2020

With the current spikes in COVID-19 cases around the state, it is important to know how to properly wear a face mask. Face masks and face coverings can help protect yourself and those around you. The CDC recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” Wear a mask when you can’t social distance. Why? Because masks can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Check out these guidelines to learn how to slow the spread.

Wear your Face Covering Correctly

fitting a cloth facemask to your face. The mask should cover from below your chin to above your nose, and be pinched to fit the bridge of your nose snugly.
  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

Use the Face Covering to Protect Others

people observing social distancing guidelines
  • Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms
  • Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public
  • Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands

Follow Everyday Health Habits

Illustration of two individuals with masks on standing 6 feet apart
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You’re Home

Illustration of a person removing a face mask
  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash cloth face coverings)
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.


CDC "How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings" https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html

DHEC "Mask Tool Kit" https://www.stayscstrong.com/mask-influencer-assets/