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Notes to Consider

Our face masks are not surgical masks. They are made out of a double-layered, soft cotton blend. This design meets the Government of Canada’s requirements for non-medical face masks. Canadian Face Masks will keep you protected without reducing the supply of medical-grade face masks for front-line workers.

Even while wearing a mask, it is very important that you continue to social distance and keep your hands clean. A non-medical face mask should be used along with other measures to keep yourself and others safe.

As university students, we are not healthcare professionals. The information below is from the reliable sources that we have researched. 

Face Masks’ Role Against COVID-19

It is extremely important to reduce all transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  Only going into the community for essential outings reduces the likelihood of community transmission.

If you have any symptoms, it is extremely important that you wear a mask to reduce the spread of the virus particles that you could be producing. Coughing and speaking both produce droplets that can carry COVID-19 that can be breathed in by others. A face mask acts as a barrier between these particles and a person.

For a face mask to be effective, it must be worn properly.

Wearing a Face Mask

Cleaning Your Hands

The first step before putting on or taking off a face mask is cleaning your hands. To clean your hands properly, follow these steps:

 If using soap and water

  1. Wet your hands first with warm water.
  2. Apply soap to your palm.
  3. Rub the soap into your hands including palms, backs of hands, between fingers, under nails. This should take at least 20 seconds (sing ‘happy birthday’ twice!)
  4. Rinse all soap off completely.
  5. Dry hands thoroughly with paper towel.

If using hand sanitizer

  1. Add hand sanitizer to your hands.
  2. Rub your hands thoroughly including palms, backs of hands, between fingers, under nails until the hand sanitizer dries.

 

Putting on a Face Mask

  1. Pick your mask up and make sure it has no holes.
  2. Find the front and the back of the mask. (Our mask backside is the side with visible stitching)
  3. Find the top of the mask (Our mask’s top has a triangular shape that will cover your nose).
  4. With the front of the mask facing outwards and the top facing up, hold the mask by only the ear loops. Do not touch the front of the mask.
When putting on a Canadian Face Mask, ensure you hold the mask only by the earloops
  1. Place the ear loops around each ear. 
Canadian Face Mask correctly put on, but now needs to be formed for your face

Your mask is now on your face, but now must be formed to your face.

Form your Canadian Face Mask by pressing against your nose to make the cotton fit, and by pulling the Canadian face mask below your chin

  1. Pull the bottom of your mask over your chin and mouth and over your nose.

Remember, the mask should also be covering your nose completely. This may feel uncomfortable at first but is extremely important!

Wrong way to wear a Canadian Face Mask

 Wrong

Correct way to wear a canadian face mask

Correct

 

Your mask should feel tight on your face and there should be no gaps at the front or sides of your mask.

Once your mask is on, do not adjust it.

You may feel hot or sweat inside of the mask, but it is extremely important that you do not adjust it with dirty hands.

A Canadian Face Mask worn correctly

Taking off a Face Mask

Many people forget this important step. Follow closely! 

At this time, remember that your mask is dirty. Do not touch the front of your mask.

  1. Clean your hands with hand sanitizer or soap and water.
  2. Hold the ear loops out to the sides of your face. Do not bring the loops or your hands close to the front of your mask

Taking off a Canadian Face Mask

  1. Sticking your face out forward slightly and looking down and holding onto the ear loops, slowly move the mask off of your face.

A Canadian face mask fully taken off

  1. Once your mask is taken off, place it directly in the washing machine to wash or in a plastic bag.
  2. Clean your hands after you take your mask off.

Washing a Canadian Face Mask

  • Your Canadian face mask should be washed with soapy water.

  • All Canadian Face masks except for Tie Dyed Masks can be washed with other clothes on low-to-medium heat.

  • Tie Dyed masks should be hand washed with cold water to prevent the dye from running
 WARNING 
As masks are made from cotton, they are subject to shrinkage in the wash if put on high heat.