ARIZONA NEWS

Here’s how to properly wear and clean your face mask

Jun 25, 2020, 4:15 AM | Updated: 1:01 pm

(AP Photo/Ron Harris)...

(AP Photo/Ron Harris)

(AP Photo/Ron Harris)

PHOENIX — A Valley nurse is encouraging everyone who can to wear a face mask when they’re out in public and is providing tips on how to put on and remove it properly.

“It’s just so important to wear them right now,” said Colleen Wilson, an HonorHealth nurse who’s certified in infection prevention.

Wilson said she’s concerned about the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Arizona and believes wearing masks is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the disease.

“You can start spreading the virus days before you become symptomatic, so you could be putting others at risk and not realize you are,” she said.

Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, in an interview Wednesday with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show pointed to a recent study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on face masks.

“Those that wore masks not only reduced the spread to others, but it also provided a protective effect to the wearers,” she said, referring to the study’s findings. “So it reduced the transmission to the person wearing the mask as well.”

Wilson said she recommended people wash their hands first or use hand sanitizer before putting on a face mask.

“Make sure it’s covering your nose and your chin,” she said. “I commonly see individuals wearing their masks below their nose. When you exhale, you are expelling through your nose, so it’s really important that you have that covered as well.”

Wilson said the front of the mask gets contaminated so people should avoid touching that area when they’re taking it off. Instead, they should use the ear loops and perform hand hygiene again.

Cloth masks should be washed after every use.

“You can just wash them with your regular laundry, and then put them in the dryer on high heat or put them out in the sun to dry,” Wilson said.

She explained disposable masks are meant for only one use because there’s not really a good way to clean it.

“We’ve seen such a spike in Arizona,” she said referring to the growing number of coronavirus cases. “The more we can wear these when we do have to go out in public, the better.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Deshan Begay, 24, was struck by a vehicle while walking when he didn't have the right of way, polic...

KTAR.com

Man fatally struck while crossing I-10 access road at red light in Phoenix

Deshan Begay, 24, was crossing the I-10 westbound access road on Wednesday evening when a vehicle fatally struck him, Phoenix police said.

4 hours ago

Protesters in Phoenix shout as they join thousands marching around the Arizona state Capitol after ...

Associated Press

Abortion ruling supercharges Arizona to be an especially important swing state

A ruling this week instituting a near-total abortion ban supercharged Arizona's role, turning it into the most critical battleground.

5 hours ago

Preston Lord murder suspect Talyn Vigil posted bond and was released from jail on April 12, 2024. (...

KTAR.com

Talyn Vigil, suspect in murder of Preston Lord, posts bonds and is released from jail

Talyn Vigil, one of seven suspects indicted in the murder of 16-year-old Preston Lord in Queen Creek, posted bond and was released from jail Friday, authorities said.

8 hours ago

Santokh "Sam" Singh went missing in Gilbert on April 12, 2024. (DPS Photo)...

KTAR.com

Silver Alert issued for 79-year-old man who went missing in Gilbert

A Silver Alert was issued Friday for a 79-year-old man who went missing in Gilbert earlier in the day, authorities said.

8 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a Get Out The Vote rally ...

Associated Press

Trump pushes Arizona lawmakers to ‘remedy’ state abortion ruling that he says ‘went too far’

Donald Trump urged Arizona lawmakers on Friday to swiftly “remedy” the state court ruling allowing prosecutors to enforce an abortion ban.

9 hours ago

Runesha White, 22, is accused of stabbing a man in the back after he recorded a separate fight on A...

KTAR.com

Woman arrested after fight leads to stabbing, shooting in Glendale

A woman was arrested and two people were hospitalized after a fight led to a stabbing and a shooting in Glendale on Wednesday night.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.

Here’s how to properly wear and clean your face mask