Cloth Face Coverings
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that people wear cloth face coverings when it’s difficult to stay six feet apart in public places, like the grocery store. But these face coverings don’t mean people should stop social distancing, washing their hands frequently and covering your coughs and sneezes.
These simple cloth face coverings are meant to protect people around you if you are infected but don’t have symptoms. A covering is not intended to protect the person wearing it. Learn more on the CDC Cloth Face Covering FAQs.
How to Make a Cloth Covering
You can make your own cloth face covering using common things around your house, like a t-shirt and rubber bands. Get instructions on how to make your own face covering. .
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
Cloth face coverings should:
- Cover both the mouth and nose
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
- Be routinely washed depending on how frequently you use it, and a washing machine can do the job.
Wash your hands before putting on and immediately after removing. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
Behavioral Health Resources
- Coping with Stress During COVID-19 Outbreak (PDF)
- Helping Children Cope with Stress During COVID-19 (PDF)
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health (PDF)
- Virtual Recovery Resources
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- If you are experiencing a behavioral health crisis, Emergency Services are available 24 hours daily, seven days per week at 703-777-0320. For general information questions, email or call 703-771-5155.
Maps of Available Resources
- View maps of Loudoun County resources, including food assistance sites, restaurants and businesses with takeout or delivery options, and groceries or pharmacies with designated shopping hours for vulnerable individuals.
- World Health Organization: Advice for the Public
- Coronavirus Myth vs. Fact
- CDC: Key Facts
- Rumor Control
- Pandemic Preparedness in Loudoun County
- Loudoun County Emergency Operations Plan
- How to Prepare and Protect Your Family
- Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer (PDF)
- Loudoun County Assistance From a Distance Flyer (PDF)
- More printable resources from the CDC
- More printable resources from the World Health Organization
- Beware of COVID-19 scammers trying to use your compassion or fear of the virus against you. Learn more (PDF).
- The Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) are warning taxpayers to be alert about possible scams relating to COVID-19 economic impact payments.
- To report a COVID-19 fraud scheme or suspicious activity, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) by calling the NCDF Hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or send an email.
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Contact us with Questions
- Email the Health Department
- Call the information line: 703-737-8300
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