Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Dry your hands with a clean paper towel and throw the paper towel away.
Check the mask for any defects such as a tear or missing tie or ear loop. Throw away any face mask with defects.
Make sure the exterior is facing out, away from your face. Place the mask on your face with the blue side facing out and the stiff, bendable edge at the top by your nose.
If the mask has ear loops, put one loop around each ear.
If the mask has ties, pick up the mask by the ties and tie the upper ties behind your head with a bow.
Once the mask is in place, use your index finger and thumb to pinch the bendable top edge of the mask around the bridge of your nose.
If the mask has a lower tie, then once the mask is fitted to the bridge of your nose, tie the lower ties behind your head with a bow.
Make sure the mask is completely secure and also ensure it covers your nose and mouth such that the bottom edge is under your chin with no gaps at the sides.
Discard the facemask immediately after use into a closed bin.