Face Coverings, Masks And COVID-19: What You Should Know

- Apr 06, 2020-

Continue to follow the physical distancing guidelines:

· stay at home as much as possible, 

· keep 6 feet between you and others in public, 

· don’t touch your face, 

· cover coughs and sneezes, and 

· wash your hands.

· If you are sick, stay home and away from others to protect them.

Cloth face coverings are NOT a replacement for physical distancing. Cloth face-coverings are one more thing we can do to protect one another.

How to use cloth face covering

· You can make a homemade cloth face covering. The tighter the weave, the thicker the cloth, and the better it fits your face, the better the protection. You can also use bandanas or scarves.

· See the CDC webpage for images and directions showing how to make a homemade cloth face covering.(link is external)

· Homemade cloth face coverings should be washed after every use with warm water and soap.

· Make sure you can breathe easily through them.

· Cloth face coverings can be itchy. Don’t reach under the mask to touch your nose or mouth.

The CDC recommends children under 2 or anyone who can’t remove the covering themselves do not wear face coverings.

Why cloth face coverings are recommended at this time

· Recent studies show that people with COVID-19 can have no symptoms or mild symptoms and still spread the virus. We are learning more and that’s why we have this new recommendation.

· Face coverings decrease how many droplets we release when we speak, cough, or sneeze. Whenever we forcefully exhale, we release droplets.

· Face coverings are intended to protect others.

Medical masks

· The general public should not wear medical masks or N95 respirators.

· Health care workers need these medical masks to stay safe and do their jobs. 

· Medical masks are in limited supply and we need to make sure these are only for front line health care workers.