Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others. Studies show that masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth.
You should wear a mask, even if you do not feel sick. This is because several studies have found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can still spread the virus to other people. The main function of wearing a mask is to protect those around you, in case you are infected but not showing symptoms.
It is especially important to wear a mask when you are unable to stay at least 6 feet apart from others since COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)."
When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts.
DO Choose masks that :
•Have 2 or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
•Completely cover your nose and mouth
•Fits snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps
DO NOT Choose Masks That:
•Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example vinyl (NO vinyl)
•Have exhalation valves or vents which allows virus particles to escape
•Are intended for healthcare workers, including N-95 respirators or surgical masks
Gaiters & Face Shields:
•• Wear Gaiter with 2 layers or fold it to make it 2 layers
••• Face Shields Caution: Evaluation is ongoing but effectiveness is unknown at this time
••Special Situations "Eye Glasses", If you wear glasses find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging
•••• Special Situations "Children" If you are able to find a mask made for children
If you can't find a mask made for children, check to be sure the mask fits snuggly over the nose and mouth and under the chin
•••• DO NOT put on children younger than 2 years old
•Wear a mask correctly and consistently to help keep from getting or spreading the virus.
For more information, visit our How to Wear Masks web page.
Masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.
For more information, visit our How to Wash Masks web page.
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