Upon arriving at any Stanford Health Care location, patients are given a surgical mask to wear for the duration of their visit. Homemade cloth masks are not allowed. Patients may wear their personal mask underneath the given surgical mask, if preferred.
If a mask has an exhalation valve, it releases unfiltered breath. Patients may replace their mask with the given surgical mask or wear the surgical mask over their mask.
Masks should not be worn by children under 2 years of age, by anyone who has trouble breathing, or by anyone who cannot remove the mask on their own. Staff members will assist visitors in determining whether a mask is appropriate.
Cancer center patients may wear their own N95 or elastomeric masks (reusable, tightfitting mask made of synthetic material) with an exhalation valve if they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Hospital patients in certain units may wear cloth masks. Care teams can provide more information.