Facial Masks

                                                                                                  Reviewed July 28, 2022

In response to local increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations facial masking is required in all buildings of the College of Medicine. Face masks must be worn at all times except when alone in an enclosed office or when eating.

It will be at the discretion of meeting conveners as to whether to switch to virtual meetings or keep in-person meetings, however, when meeting in person, face masks should be worn along with maintaining physical distancing.

Classes within the College of Medicine will continue in person, but face masks will be required in class.

This requirement only impacts the College of Medicine. Facial masking requirements have been lifted for UC faculty, staff, students, and visitors in all other buildings and spaces.  Gudiance is subject to change.

Masks will continue to be required on UC public transportation, in clinical settings and for at least ten days after an exposure to COVID-19 or a COVID-19 diagnosis, regardless of vaccination status.   

Masking is a critical public health tool for preventing spread of COVID-19. Members of the UC Community who prefer to continue to wear a mask for personal safety should continue to do so.

According to the CDC, loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection.

Why Choose a N95 or KN95 Mask?

  • According to the CDC well-fitting NIOSH approved facial coverings offer the most protection against the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection
  • Layered finely woven products offer more protection than loosely woven cloth products
  • Properly fitted respirators provide the highest level of protection.
  • N95 and KN95 masks are more fitted than surgical masks and cloth masks

Does Your Mask Pass the Fit Test?

When choosing a mask pay attention to how well it fits your face.  It is important to check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin to prevent air with droplets from leaking in and out around the edges of the mask. Gaps can be caused by choosing the wrong size or type of mask and when a mask is worn with facial hair. Points to consider:

  • Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask.
  • Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.
  • If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.
  • Use the nose wire and mold the mask to fit your face to create a snug fit