Jerome, Salmi & Kopis, LLC – Law Firm in Fairview Heights, IL


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pocket

(CNN) – So, about masks – they do next to nothing if you don’t wear them properly.

Yep, even the cloth coverings touted as the best thing since social distancing have instructions. We’ve laid them out below, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
And remember: Masks are effective only if they cover your mouth, nose and chin. And however tempting it may be to remove your mask for a moment, doing that could expose your fingers and face to the very virus you’re trying to avoid.
Keep that and more in mind when wearing your mask – If we all do it right, we could save 33,000 lives.

How to properly wear a mask

Wash your hands and grab a clean cloth mask.

  • Follow the steps to properly wash hands. (If you’ve forgotten the multi-step process, read our refresher here.
  • Only wear clean, breathable face masks. Re-wearing the same mask could expose you to contaminants.

Put on your mask, holding it by the ear loops.

  • Your mask should also fit snugly against the sides of your face – no open flaps. But it shouldn’t be so tight that it’s difficult to breathe through.
  • Your mask may have a wired side, meant to adhere to the shape of your nose. Press down on it over your nose for a more comfortable fit.

Make sure your nose, mouth and chin are covered.

  • If your mask has pleats, they should open downward.
  • Pull your mask up so it covers your nose, and tug it down so it covers your mouth.
  • After you’ve put your mask on, don’t touch it again until it’s time to take it off.

How not to wear a mask

Beware of these three familiar mask mistakes:

    1. It’s too loose. If your mask has large openings around your nose, mouth and the sides of your face, it can’t effectively protect you from viruses that can slip through those cracks. Your mask should fit snugly against your face.
    2. You forgot your noseYour nose needs to stay inside your mask — the virus is respiratory and travels through the air, and you could breathe it in.
    3. You put it back on and touched it. You shouldn’t take your mask off for a break when you’re still in public. It’s hot, sure, but it’s also possible you could contaminate your mouth or face with any germs your mask caught.

How to properly take off your mask

Take off your mask by the ear loops.

  • When your voyage into the public world is complete, remove your mask by the ear loops only.
  • Don’t touch the front of your mask – it could be contaminated.
  • Make sure you hold the mask away from your face as you remove it.

Store your mask immediately

  • If you’re not immediately going to wash your mask after you use it, place it in a clean, resealable plastic bag. Pick it up by the ear loops to place it inside the bag, and store the bag in a cool, clean place.

Wash your hands again … and again …

  • It’s become a pandemic mantra – wash your hands immediately after removing the mask. Wash your hands while you’re wearing it, too. Just wash your hands often and thoroughly when you’re out in the world and when you return, and you’ll weaken the chances the virus will stick around.
video still


  A question that I’m frequently asked is, “How long will my case take? That depends on how long your medical treatment, takes. We wanna make sure that you get the best treatment possible, and once your treatment is completed, we can work on the legal aspects of your case..


Understanding Missouri Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits

Missouri worker’s compensation death benefits are designed to help support you financially and ease the burden of daily expenses after the death of a loved one at work. If you have lost someone in a workplace accident, you can file a claim for workers’ compensation death benefits. Below, our Missouri workers’ compensation lawyers explain what


Do I Have to Report Workers’ Compensation on My Taxes?

Workers’ compensation provides much needed relief for workers who are hurt on the job, while also providing benefits to employers. However, after an employee starts receiving their benefits, they often wonder if they have to report them on their taxes. In most cases, the answer is no, but there are some exceptions. If you have



If you have contracted COVID-19 as part of your work environment, please contact us and we can discuss if your condition falls under the Workers’ Compensation Act. If we can prove that you contracted your virus as part of your work environment, you would be entitled to compensation that would include payment of all medical expenses; lost time benefits while you recovery; and a settlement for any ongoing problems after you recover. 


Please note that in Illinois, first responders and essential employees are presumed to have contracted COVID-19 at work.  Missouri recognizes that same presumption but limits it to first responders.  Regardless, if believe that you contracted COVID-19 at work, please contact us immediately so that we can inform you of your rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act.


Read more on our blog.


Scroll to Top