The province's top doctor is advising Manitobans on how to properly wear masks as Public Health increases its messaging around their use in curbing the spread of COVID-19.

"We know wearing a mask improperly will not prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others and may also put the wearer at greater risk of infection," Dr. Brent Roussin explains.

While Roussin says people should practice good hand hygiene and avoid touching their faces on a regular basis, he noted hands should be washed and/or sanitized immediately before the mask is put on and/or adjusted, and people should avoid touching the covering while they wear it.

The mask also needs to fit well and doesn't gape, but rather covers a person's nose, mouth and chin at all times. As well, Roussin says it shouldn't be left dangling from ears or pulled down under the nose or chin when not being used.

"This can cause some contamination to the masks as well."

"Certainly don't share your mask with others," Roussin adds.

As for proper mask care, the disposable variety can be disposed of, however, Roussin says reusable products must be placed in a bag when not being used and wash appropriately. They should also be replaced whenever wet or soiled.

Additionally, Roussin notes masks are not to be used on children under 2 years old, or on anyone unable to remove it without assistance.