Although the health system will supply a face covering before you enter the building, it’s best to bring your own to help the not-for-profit health system conserve its supply.
Once you are done wearing your face covering, take it off using the straps, ties or loops, says Angela Harris, infection control manager at Tidelands Health. Avoid touching the mask itself or your eyes, nose or mouth.
If you are using a reusable covering, place it in a bag to be used again or laundered, then wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash face coverings regularly with your normal laundry and dry them on the medium or high temperature settings, depending on the type of material.
“I’d encourage people to wash the face covering on a daily basis,” Harris says. “They should definitely be washed if they become soiled.”
Harris says it’s important to replace your face covering if it develops a hole or becomes stretched and no longer covers your nose or mouth.