TORONTO -- As face masks become increasingly more recommended for normal life, many people are left wondering about the proper protocol for their use and reuse.

On Wednesday, Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam recommended that non-medical masks or face coverings should be worn in areas where it’s not possible to predict whether a two-metre separation is possible.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Abdu Sharkawy told CTV News Channel on Thursday that even the most basic of face masks can be reused if worn and stored properly.

Below are some of Sharkawy’s tips for proper use and storage of a non-surgical face mask to maximize its use.

While placing the mask on your face, Sharkawy said it’s important to first wash your hands thoroughly and to not to touch the cloth while putting it on.

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