Wearing a Mask


Read the poster from the Ontario government about How and When to Wear a Mask. Send me an email with your answers to the questions below.


Click here to see the poster.


ACTIVITY 1

The poster says:


Wearing a mask can help to prevent the spread of some respiratory illnesses, but it can also become a source of infection if not worn or discarded properly. If you need to wear a mask, you should also be sure to clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Fill in the blanks.

Wearing a mask can help to (1) ______________________ of some respiratory illnesses, but it can also become a (2) ______________________________ if not worn or discarded properly. If you need to wear a mask, you should also be sure to (3) ______________________________ frequently with (4) ____________________________ or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


ACTIVITY 2

Choose the correct answer(s).


1. Respiratory illness means you have a problem with

a. your heart b. your lungs c. your stomach d. breathing


2. Wearing a mask can prevent illness.

a. True. b. False


3. Wearing a mask can spread illness when

a. you don't wear it correctly

b. you don't clean your hands when you touch it

c. you throw it on the ground after you use it


ACTIVITY 3

The poster says you should wear a mask if:


  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., fever, cough difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose or sneezing) and are around other people

  • You are caring for someone who has COVID-19

  • Unless you have symptoms of COVID-19, there is no clear evidence that wearing a mask will protect you from the virus, however wearing a mask may help protect others around you if you are sick.


1. Give 2 reasons you should wear a mask.

2. List some symptoms of COVID-19.

3. What is the main reason for wearing a mask?


ACTIVITY 4


The poster tells you how to wear a mask. It says:


  • Before putting on your mask, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Secure the elastic loops of the mask around your ears. If your mask has strings, tie them securely behind your head.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are not gaps between your face and the mask.

  • Do not touch the front of the mask while you wear it. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you accidentally touch your mask.


Put the steps in the correct order.

______ Cover your mouth and nose with your mask.

______ Wash your hands if you touch your mask by mistake.

______ Wash your hands before you put on your mask.

______ Secure the loops around your ears.


ACTIVITY 5

The poster tells you how to throw away your mask. It says:


  • Do not touch the front of your mask to remove it.

  • Remove the elastic loops of the mask from around your ears or untie the strings from behind your head.

  • Hold only the loops or strings and place the mask in a garbage bin with a lid

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer after you have discarded your mask.


1. Why shouldn't you touch the front of the mask when you take it off?

You shouldn't touch the front of the mask when you take it off because ____________________.


2. Why should the garbage bin have a lid?

The garbage bin should have a lid because _________________.


3. Why should you wash your hands after taking off your mask?

You should wash your hands after taking off your mask because __________.



ACTIVITY 6

The poster gives you more information about masks at the bottom of the poster. It says:


  • When a mask becomes damp or humid, replace it with a new mask.

  • Do not reuse a single-use mask. Discard your mask when you have finished using it.


1. When should you get a new mask?

2. Why is it important to replace your mask when it is wet?

3. Why should you only use your mask one time?