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Face masks

Wearing a face mask can supplement other infection prevention measures in those situations where it is difficult to keep your distance. Always carry a face mask with you, so you put one on when needed. And keep up to date on where you are required to wear a face mask.

Face masks are only a supplement, so you must continue to follow the general guidance on how to prevent the spread of infection in society. 

Further information

Use of face mask in public areas (pamphlet)

How to use a face mask (poster)

Coronasmitte.dk/en (website)


On face masks

When to use a face mask

You must wear a face mask:

  • When you are travelling by public transport
  • When you are not seated at the table in indoor sit-down in restaurants, cafés, fast food restaurants, etc.

In addition, we recommend that you use a face mask:

  • If you are infected or at risk of being infected with novel coronavirus and have to leave your home, for example because you need to be tested.
  • If you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and get into situations where it is difficult for either you or others to keep a distance of 2 metres, for example in a shopping centre, at a party or at a cultural event.
  • If you visit someone at higher risk and whom you do not live with, for example a person in a nursing home, consider wearing a face mask in those situations when you cannot keep a distance of at least 2 metres.
  • If you are going to be in close physical proximity to a healthcare professional while being examined or undergoing treatment at the hospital or doctor’s, etc.  In some places, you may also need to wear a face mask in the waiting room or when you arrive at the hospital.
  • In large crowds, for example demonstrations or parades, where it can be difficult to keep your distance.
  • At large gatherings, for example demonstrations or parades, where it can be difficult to keep your distance.  
  • In situations with prolonged close physical contact, for example at the hairdresser’s, doctor’s, etc.

Remember to always carry a face mask with you, so you can wear it when needed.

Please watch the film

When should you wear a face mask?

 

How to use a face mask correctly

Face masks must be worn correctly to avoid spreading the virus and bacteria to yourself and others.

  • Before use: Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting on the face mask.
  • Find out which side of the mask is the front. For disposable face masks, it is usually the coloured side.
  • Put on the face mask by holding the elastic ear loops. Make sure it fits tightly to your face and covers both your nose and mouth.
  • Do not touch the face mask during use. Change it often and always put on a new one if it gets wet or dirty.
  • Remove the face mask by holding the elastic ear loops, and discard it immediately (please see our guidance below on limited reuse of disposable masks).
    Put fabric face masks in a bag and wash them at 60 degrees. 
  • After use: Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

Store your face mask in a plastic bag when you wish to reuse it, for example if you need to go to the toilet at a restaurant or if you are only travelling between two stops on public transport. And always sanitise your hands before putting on the mask and after taking it off, and pay extra attention to following the guidance listed above.

Please watch the film

How to use a face mask

 

Which type of face mask to use

Wear a factory-made CE-marked disposable face masks if:

  • You are infected or at risk of being infected with novel coronavirus and you have to break your self-isolation.
  • If you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you are going to be with someone at higher risk.

In other situations, you can wear a good quality fabric face mask as an alternative to a disposable face mask.

Further information

Choice of face mask (film)

Use of face mask in public areas (pamphlet)

 

Reusing face masks

You should ideally only wear a face mask once and then discard it (disposable) or wash it (fabric).

You can, however, reuse a face mask if you are only going to use it briefly, for example to go to the toilet at a restaurant or if you are only travelling between two stops on public transport. You can also lift it briefly to take a drink of water, etc. 

Please follow this guidance:

  • Always change mask if it becomes wet or dirty.
  • Always remove the face mask by holding the elastic ear loops, and do not touch the mask itself.
  • Never tough the face mask while you are wearing it.
  • Always sanitise your hands before putting it on and after taking it off.
  • Store your face mask in a plastic bag if you wish to reuse it briefly. Do not leave it on the table or chair, etc.
  • Put disposable face mask in a waste or litter bin. Wash fabric face masks at 60 degrees after use.

Please watch the film

How to use a face mask

 

Those exempt from wearing face masks

A face mask must not cause significant discomfort to the wearer or affect your ability to function. As a rule, face masks should only be worn by people who can put it on and take it off themselves and where the mask fits tightly to the face.

The Danish Health Authority has determined that the following people may  be exempt from wearing a face mask in public transport:

  • Children under the age of 12.
  • People with difficulty breathing, reduced levels of consciousness or people with physical or mental impairments that prevent them from wearing a face mask or visor.
  • People who have significant discomfort with wearing a face mask.

Please keep in mind that there may be a perfectly valid reason why someone is not wearing a face mask, and that the cause is not always visible.

Further information

About children and others who may find it difficult to wear a face mask (film)

Use of face mask in public areas (pamphlet)

 

How to stop your glasses fogging up

For people with glasses, wearing a face mask can lead to their lenses fogging up, reducing their vision. It can also increase the risk of contact spread if you repeatedly touch your glasses.

Here are some tips on how to prevent your glasses from fogging up:

  • Choose a face mask that fits tightly against your nose, e.g. a face mask with a metal strip that you can pinch to mould the mask to the shape of your nose.
  • Wash your glasses with lukewarm water and a few drops of washing up liquid every morning and evening. Then dry them with a microfibre cloth. Soap reduces the risk of fog from sticking to the lenses.
  • Position the face mask as close to your eyes as possible and wear your glasses a little further down your nose.

 

 

On hearing aids and communicating with someone with a hearing impairment

If you wear behind-the-ear hearing aids or have a hearing loss, wearing a face mask can be challenging. 

A face mask with elastic ear loops might be difficult to use as it may prove hard to fasten properly or you might run the risk of misplacing your hearing aid when you remove the face mask. Consider using a face visor or a face mask that goes around the head rather than of over the ears instead. 

You may also find that face masks muffles the sound and make it difficult to read someone’s lips. 

When you are with someone who has a hearing loss, please:

  • Avoid any background noise.
  • Speak loudly, slowly and clearly.
  • Rephrase the sentence if the person with hearing loss does not understand what you are saying.
  • Write or text instead of talk. Use pen and paper or the note app on your phone or tables etc.

Updated 14 OKT 2020