INFORMATION AND CARE FOR YOUR FACE MASK/FACE COVERING

Monikova is committed to doing our part and ensuring we are able to keep our customers as safe as possible, during the COVID-19 pandemic. To adjust to this new normal, we are offering our own Monikova non-medical cotton face masks and face coverings for your everyday needs.
SHOULD I WEAR A MASK/FACE COVERING? WHY?
According to the Government of Canada, “wearing a homemade non-medical mask/facial covering in the community is recommended for periods of time when it is not possible to consistently maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings such as: stores, shopping areas and public transportation. Public health officials will make recommendations based on a number of factors, including the rates of infection and/or transmission in the community. In some jurisdictions, the use of masks in many indoor public spaces and on transit is now mandatory.” Public health notes that “wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19.” When non-medical masks or face coverings are worn properly, it “can reduce the spread of his/her own infectious respiratory droplets.” However according to health officials, “you must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing.”

HOW DO I CLEAN MY NON-MEDICAL FACE MASK/FACE COVERING?

According to the Public health officials, if masks or face coverings become damp or moist, they should be changed and cleaned either by machine washing, using hot cycle, and then left to dry completely or hand washed using soap and warm/hot water. Please note masks/face coverings should be completely dry before using and wearing again.

At Monikova, we recommend washing our masks/face coverings in the washing machine on hot (60C-140F) for greater sanitation purposes, with same colours, iron on high heat and leave to air dry. You may experience slight shrinkage with your cotton mask, however this is normal. Most of our masks contain 100% cotton or are a cotton blend (98% cotton, 2% spandex).

HOW TO SAFELY USE A NON-MEDICAL MASK OR FACE COVERING
Image taken from: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-safely-use-non-medical-mask-face-covering.html

It is important to note that “non-medical face masks or face coverings should allow for easy breathing, fit securely to your head or face, be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment and be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping.” Your mask/face covering should not be shared with others, impair vision or interfere with tasks, or be placed on anyone unable to remove them without assistance or if they have trouble breathing. 

Per the recommendations of the Government of Canada - HOW TO PUT ON A NON-MEDICAL MASK/FACE COVERING:

  1. Ensure the face covering/mask is clean and dry.
  2. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or if none is available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, before touching the mask.
  3. Ensure your hair is away from your face.
  4. Place the face covering over your nose and mouth and secure to your head or ears with its ties or elastics. Adjust if needed to ensure nose and mouth are fully covered.
  5. The mask should be snug to the cheeks and there should not be any gaps.
  6. Wash or sanitize your hands after adjusting the mask.

The Government of Canada advises that, 'while wearing a non-medical mask or face covering, it is important to avoid touching your face. If you do touch your mask or face, you should immediately wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol."

HOW TO REMOVE A NON-MEDICAL MASK/FACE COVERING:

  1. Remove with clean hands that have been washed with soap and water or sanitized. Avoid touching the front of the face covering/mask when removing.
  2. If you plan on wearing it again, store the mask/face covering in a paper bag, envelope or something that does not retain moisture.
  3. Remember to wash or sanitize your hands again after removing mask/face covering.

For more information on the following topics, visit the Government of Canada websites listed below:

For more information about Non-medical masks and face coverings visit here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/about-non-medical-masks-face-coverings.html

For do’s and don’ts when wearing a face mask/face covering visit here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-safely-use-non-medical-mask-face-covering.html

For more information on how to put on or take off mask and care for masks visit here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/how-put-remove-clean-non-medical-masks-face-coverings.html

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