Woman wearing a face mask

Wearing a mask during the coronavirus pandemic

We’re all used to wearing face masks now.

It’s one of the most important ways we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

There are some commonly asked questions about face masks, and we’d like to answer them for you.

The most important thing to remember is you still need to wear your mask when you come into the clinic.

What masks are available?

There are two types of masks commonly available – disposable and cloth.

Cloth masks are good because they’re recyclable and better for the environment than disposable masks.

Cloth masks must fit snugly around your face. They should have three layers of closely woven fabric – cotton on the inside, cotton blend in the middle and a polyester outer layer.

Disposable masks, i.e. surgical and N95 / P2 masks, may be better at filtering out small viral particles in the air, but wearing any mask is better than wearing none.

Where should I buy one from?

Pharmacies, supermarkets and post offices are good places to buy disposable masks, as many sold on the internet may be inappropriate.

How should I care for my mask?

Cloth masks should be washed in hot water and detergent. It’s well known that hot water above 56°C can kill the virus.

Care is required when removing your mask to avoid touching the outer and inner surface of it.

Disposable masks must be put in the bin after each use.

Wearing a mask
Wash your masks in hot water.

What are the most important things to consider about masks?

You’re required to wear a face mask in certain settings, such as on public transport and at hospitals. You can find a list of all the places here.

When you come in to our clinic, you must wear a mask, even if you’re feeling great. Make sure the mask covers both your nose and mouth.

Some patients in our waiting room have serious medical conditions or have compromised immune systems, so it’s important we all play our part in keeping everyone safe.

If you do touch the mask, wash your hands with soap and water or sanitise your hands immediately. Do this after removing your mask too.

And remember, masks are not a replacement for social distancing, strict hand hygiene, and sneeze and cough etiquette.

Feeling unwell?

If you have any respiratory symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested at a COVID-19 testing site or use a rapid antigen test (RAT).

If you test positive, please stay at home and follow the government health advice.

As always, we’re here for you. If you have any questions, please give us a call on 9304 0500.

Source: RACGP

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs. Page last updated 23 February 2022.

Important information

Got COVID-19 or you're a close contact? Refer to coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist for info.

Please note we're not currently giving COVID-19 vaccinations to kids aged 5 to 11.