Medical masks should be worn with the color side out.
When it comes to the coronavirus, there’s a lot of misinformation and confusion out there.
Whenever there is haze or a viral epidemic, people start sharing tips on how to wear a surgical mask. Unfortunately, many of these social media posts are wrong.
Is there a correct way to wear a traditional blue and white medical face mask?
World Health Organization
There are Facebook posts and social media videos claiming there are two ways to wear a medical face mask to protect yourself against the coronavirus.
They claim if you are sick, wear the face mask blue colored side out so you don’t spread the virus.
If you are healthy, wear the white side out to keep viruses from coming into the mask.
Dr. April Baller is with the World Health Organization, Health Emergency Program, and works in Infectious Prevention and Control.
In this World Health Organization video, Dr. Baller explains the inside of the mask is usually the white side.
This WHO infographic says, ensure the color side faces outward.