Face masks can be a useful measure to help control sustained community transmission. At this time, we do not have sustained community transmission in Queensland.
You don’t need to wear a face mask unless your doctor has told you to or you are caring for someone who might have COVID-19. However, those in who are not able to social (physical) distance throughout their day, should also consider wearing a mask.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is stay home if you are sick and wash your hands often.
- If you have been told to wear a face mask, avoid touching it while you’re wearing it. If you do, wash your hands.
- Do not reuse single-use masks. Immediately replace the mask if you have coughed or sneezed into it.
- When disposing of a mask, put it in a sealable bag to ensure the used mask won’t be touched by others. Then put the sealed bag in the bin.
- Always clean your hands immediately after removing your mask and putting it in the bin.
You don’t need to wear gloves to protect yourself from getting COVID-19. In fact, wearing gloves could help the spread of the virus to yourself or others.
This is because germs you pick up on gloves can transfer to other surfaces. You might also touch your face while wearing the gloves which can transfer any germs on the gloves to you and make you sick.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to regularly clean your hands and practice social distancing.
For more information on using face masks in the community visit the Australian Government website.