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Photo: AlphaTravels (Shutterstock) Since we all know cloth masks don’t cut it anymore , hopefully you’ve gotten some of the good kind —N95, KF94, or similar. But even the best mask isn’t protecting you if it doesn’t fit right, or if you’re wearing it wrong. So here are some tips on getting the best protection from those high quality masks. Put it on correctly Your first step is to follow the instructions on your mask. Yes, it should come with instructions—and if it doesn’t, look up the type of mask to find out what’s recommended. (You can find instructions for U.S.-approved masks here .) Respirators have two straps, often adjustable. Hold the mask against your face in one hand while you use the other to position the straps. According to the CDC and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) : The bottom strap should go below your ears and around the back of your neck. The top strap should go at the top back of your head, above your ears. The straps should not cross each other. After you put the mask on, use both hands to press the metal nose clip or wire around the sides of your nose. The idea is to get a complete seal against your face, without any air leaking through gaps around your nose or cheeks. When removing the mask, don’t hold the front of the mask with your hand (because it might be contaminated). Do remove the bottom strap […]