How can I wear my face covering safely?

How can I wear my face covering safely?

To reduce risks to your health, follow these rules:

• Use a face covering for no more than four hours at a time, then wash in hot water and dry thoroughly before using it again

• Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before you put on the mask

• Wash hands again after removing the covering. Do not touch the outside front part of the covering as the area is likely to be contaminated

• Face coverings are not 100% effective, so continue to practice social distancing and hand washing when you wear a mask

What type of face covering should I use?

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Face masks critical in preventing spread of COVID-19

Study found that wearing a face mask stopped person-to-person spread of the virus

“Our study establishes very clearly that using a face mask is not only useful to prevent infected coughing droplets from reaching uninfected persons, but is also crucial for these uninfected persons to avoid breathing the minute atmospheric particles (aerosols) that infected people emit when talking and that can remain in the atmosphere tens of minutes and can travel tens of feet,”

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Best way to reduce coronavirus transmission is by wearing a face mask, study finds

“Wearing of face masks in public corresponds to the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission, and this inexpensive practice, in conjunction with simultaneous social distancing, quarantine, and contact tracing, represents the most likely fighting opportunity to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, prior to the development of a vaccine”

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CDC: Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings

  • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings and practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people).

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Spate of new research supports wearing masks to control coronavirus spread

“Anecdotally, it appears that face-mask use is an important control against multiple modes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission,” including droplets and aerosols, said Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University.

He highlighted Asian countries such as South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam that had high rates of face-mask use early in the pandemic. They “have had better success squashing the virus and keeping their economies going,” Shaman said.

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