As cases of COVID-19 begin to rise again across North America, it is imperative to protect yourself and others in helping prevent further spread of the coronavirus. While you should be washing your hands, using sanitizer, and covering your coughs and sneezes, wearing a mask is an essential step you should also take to stay safe.
The virus can spread via respiratory droplets between people interacting in close proximity, such as coughing, sneezing or talking. Wearing a face mask in public can help protect others if you are infected with the virus and do not know it, since you can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
Experts emphasize that medical grade masks are the best masks to prevent exposure to the coronavirus.
“Wearing a mask is recommended when we are indoors with others and can’t reliably maintain the six-foot social distancing rules, In these circumstances, a mask can add an extra layer of protection.” - Amanda Valyko, MPH, the director of infection prevention and epidemiology
Below we will breakdown the do’s and don'ts of wearing face masks:
Wash your hands before and after touching the mask.
Touch only the bands or ties when putting on and taking off your mask.
Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin. If you adjust the mask to cover those areas, wash your hands before and after.
Make sure you can breathe and talk comfortably through your mask.
We do not recommend wearing bandanas, gaiters or masks with exhalation valves as face coverings.
Don’t touch your or your child’s mask while it is being worn.
Don’t wear the mask under your chin with your nose and mouth exposed.
Don’t leave your nose or mouth uncovered.
Don’t remove the mask while around others in public.
While wearing a mask may not keep you from getting COVID-19, it can help lower the odds. If you are sick, a mask can help keep your germs from infecting others. If you are healthy, a mask can help keep respiratory droplets from someone who is sick. Wearing a mask offers protection while not wearing one offers none. DO your part, because we are all at the lowest risk when everyone wears a mask.