How to Safely Wear a Face Mask

Masks continue to be required at D-HH facilities.

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidance on mask use for individuals who are fully vaccinated. Based on this new guidance, “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”

It is important to note that these recommendations apply only to non-health care settings, with no changes at the present time to the CDC’s recommendations for health care settings. The CDC continues to recommend universal source control measures in healthcare settings, regardless of vaccination. In addition, masks are still recommended when traveling by plane, train, or bus, regardless of vaccination.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock will continue to require mask use inside all facilities, without regard to vaccination status. Our policy will continue to apply to all D-H staff, patients, visitors, and any others entering our facilities.

How to put on a mask

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For a disposable mask, place the colored side facing out.

1. Select the right mask—adult or child (age 12 and under).

2. For disposable mask, place the colored side facing out with the nose wire at the top.


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Place the mask completely over your nose and mouth.

3. Place the mask completely over your nose and mouth. If your mask has a wire nose piece, gently form it into a U shape and make sure it is snug on the bridge of your nose.


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Separate the mask's folds to fit the bottom of the mask under your chin.

4. If your mask has expandable folds, separate them to fit the bottom of the mask under your chin.


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Loop mask ties around your years.

5. Loop ties around your ears then gently press the nose wire again over nose and cheekbones to make sure it is tight across your face and tucked under your chin.

Always remember....

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Wash and sanitize your hands before putting on a mask.

Wash and sanitize your hands

Wash and sanitize your hands before putting on your face covering.


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Place the mask over your nose and mouth completely.

Cover your nose and mouth

Always place the mask over your nose and mouth completely and secure it under your chin. Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.


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Make sure you can breathe easily after fitting your mask to your face.

Breathe easily

Make sure you can breathe easily after fitting your mask to your face.