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Based on recent studies we now know that a large number of individuals who have COVID-19 lack any symptoms and can therefore unknowingly transmit the virus to other people. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity, for example, when sneezing, coughing or even speaking. In light of this evidence the South African government has made the wearing of face masks mandatory in public and at work.

WHY FABRIC MASKS?
While research indicates that surgical masks and N-95 masks are more effective, fabric masks have been show to reduce the spread of infected droplets between individuals. In addition, surgical masks and N-95 masks are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. The public is strongly discouraged from using these masks.

HOW TO PROPERLY USE A FABRIC MASK
Wash your hands thoroughly before putting on and after removing your mask.

Place the mask with the correct side facing your nose and mouth. Ensure that you cover both well.

Place the elastic behind your ears or around your head and adjust it to fit snugly on your face. Move it
around to get the best fit but try not to touch the fabric. Avoid touching your face again until you
take the mask off.

To take off the mask, remove the elastic from behind your ears or head and carefully fold the mask inside out. Hold it by the elastic and place it into a storage bag reserved for it.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Wash the mask daily with soap and very hot water. Can be washed in the washing machine.

Rinse thoroughly and dry.

Iron your mask, this is an additional means of disinfection.

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