COVID-19 Update: Face Covers

COVID-19 Update: Face Covers


Janitronics Building Services would like to encourage employees to wear a face covering when they leave their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please continue to practice social distancing even when wearing a face cover. Wearing a face covering may help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Boston residents are also urged to stay home as much as possible, especially if sick. Guidance from the Boston Public Health Commission.

What is a face covering?

A face covering is any well-secured paper or cloth (like a bandana or scarf) that covers the mouth and nose. The face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are crucial supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

People who are sick should not leave their home and should also wear a face covering while inside if they cannot stay 6 feet apart from others. People who are sick and need to leave home, such as to get urgent medical care, should always wear a face covering.

Per the CDC, face coverings should not be placed on young children under 2-years-old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

How do I wear a face covering?

Face coverings should:

Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

Be secured with ties or ear loops

Include multiple layers of fabric, if it is a cloth covering

Allow for breathing without restriction

Who should wear a face covering?

Anyone who needs to be outside of their home is encouraged to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

Do face coverings need to be worn all the time when outside of the house?

Anyone who needs to be outside of their home is encouraged to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

If a person is sick, yes, a face covering should be worn at all times when outside. People who have COVID-19 must stay home and only leave for essential medical care or to get basic necessities such as groceries.

Should people who had COVID-19 and are now better wear a face covering?

There is a lot we still don’t know about COVID-19, including how long the virus remains in someone’s body and whether it’s possible to get sick again. For this reason, it is recommended that people continue physical distancing and other precautions even after they recover from COVID-19. This includes wearing a face covering when they are outside their home.

How often should cloth face coverings be washed?

It is recommended to wash once a day by hand or machine using detergent. The face covering should be fully dry before using. People should have a couple of face coverings so they can rotate for washing.

Why is this recommendation been made now?

There is a lot we are still learning about COVID-19. However, there is increased evidence that people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus, and that droplets produced when breathing, speaking, or singing may spread COVID-19 from person to person. The use of a face covering will help stop the spread of COVID-19. Staying home and practicing physical distancing and good hand hygiene are still the most important ways to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Are there any precautions that need to be taken when removing face coverings?

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water every time you take on and off the face covering. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing face covering.
  • Do not put a used face covering in places where others can touch them or where germs trapped in your face covering can touch other surfaces, such as counter tops or a kitchen table.
  • Used paper masks should be thrown out at the end of the day in the regular trash so others will not come in contact with them.
  • Do not throw your face covering loose in a bag or backpack. Keep a paper or plastic bag with you to store your face covering if you will be taking if off when outside the house.