Is There A Right Way to Wear A Surgical Mask?


I’ve seen folks wear a surgical mask every possible way, but there’s only one correct way to wear one. Luckily, it’s pretty simple. Typically, the colored side is meant to face front, the faded or white part is meant to be placed against your face.

How to wear a face mask

When looking at the front of a mask, you’ll see four weld points where the polypropylene attaches to the ear loops. The top is where the nose wire is located, where a piece of extruded galvanized wire is placed to fit over your nose. Now that we have the mask anatomy down, here’s you to properly put on your mask.

  • Hold mask out in front of you.
  • Place earloops over your ears.
  • Tighten the nose wire around the nose. Experts say that the wire should run along the top of your cheekbones.
  • Pull the mask down to fully extend across your face for optimal protection.

Simple as these instructions are, it may help it if you watch someone properly put a mask on. Luckily, the video above does just that.

How to wear a surgical mask