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Reusable Face Mask Guidance

Face masks are required for all students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus in all common spaces, indoors and outdoors. This is consistent with guidance from the Governor’s office and the Orange County Health Department.

Face masks and filters are available for a nominal charge in the Campus Store or Patient Relations at University Eye Center in Anaheim or UECLA. Each replaceable filter insert should be good for 7 days of full-time wear before replacement.

Recommended Guidance for the Use of Reusable Face Masks with Filters

Masks are now available in almost any shape and material, including cotton, polyester and nylon. Many masks come with a filter built-in or as a replaceable feature where you buy the filters separately and insert them into face masks . Having a cloth mask and inserting another fabric or material for additional filtration and protection may improve the protection offered by a reusable mask by increasing its effectiveness in filtering of particulates.

The CDC has outlined 5 criteria to keep in mind for reusable, washable masks:

  • Face masks should fit snugly and comfortably

  • They must be secured with ties or ear loops

  • They should comprise multiple fabric layers

  • You should be able to breathe without restriction while wearing the face mask (the mask must cover your nose and mouth)

  • You should be able to wash the face masks without causing damage or losing the face mask’s shape

Proper Wear

For instructions on proper wear and removal of reusable face masks, check out these short videos: