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Mask Wearing

Who Can Get COVID-19?

The Importance of Wearing a Mask

Countries have different population needs, circumstances, and vulnerabilities that need to be considered when developing mask protocols, including but not limited to:

In general, while a mask alone cannot protect you from contracting COVID-19, it can help reduce your risk. If everyone who visits crowded or enclosed places wears a mask, it can help protect you and others from potential contaminated respiratory droplets containing the virus.

When to Wear a Mask

Health officials from the World Health Organization recommend wearing cloth face coverings or face masks in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and inside public transportation. This will decrease your risk of transmitting the virus if you are infected; however, it will not fully protect you from getting the virus, so it is still important to practice physical distancing. 

Due to the limited supply, it is not recommended to wear surgical masks or N-95 respirators unless instructed to do so by a medical provider.  These are critical supplies that need to be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders when they are working.

How to Wear a Mask

How to Wear a Mask

  1. Select appropriate type and size
  2. Wash your hands
  3. Inspect the mask
  4. Place over nose, mouth, and chin
  5. Secure mask with ties or elastic
  6. Adjust to fit snugly

The Dos and Don'ts of Mask Wearing

The Dos and Don'ts of Mask Wearing

When making your own masks for these purposes, a double-layered, 100% cotton mask has been shown to be effective. It is not guaranteed to keep you safe, but it will help limit your chances of getting and spreading the virus.

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