To protect each other from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the CDC recommends that “The community use of cloth face masks as an additional public health measure that prevents people to spread of the virus to those around them”. Originally, the recommendation was to only wear a mask if you were feeling sick or caring for someone who was sick, but that recommendation changed.
To help limit the spread of COVID-19, face mask has increasingly become part of our daily clothing, especially now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a face covering when you are outside your home. The mask you buy needs to be wide enough to cover your nose and chin and should be snug enough not to create gaps, but breathable.
The Trump administration recommended that Americans wear basic cloth or fabric face masks when in public to reduce transmission. Face masks aren’t a substitute for limiting your exposure to other people and minimizing trips outside the home. You have to maintain the recommended 6 feet foot distance.
So, why should I wear a cloth face mask?
- You should wear a cloth face mask for taking care of you and your family.
- Masks are recommended for adults because they can prevent droplets of saliva that inevitably spray out when you talk, sing, laugh, sneeze, or simply only opening your mouth.
- "CDC recommendation not to place masks on children under the age of 2 years to prevent suffocation." CDC spokesman Jason McDonald said in an email to LAist.com.
- When you see others outside wearing a mask the psychological impact is important, because is a sigh that people are taking care and virus prevention seriously.
Health officials say when you are wearing a mask, try to not touch it, you are at risk of letting infected particles get inside. You can contaminate other parts of your face, like your eyes, mount or ears.
"We're in a situation where any little bit makes a difference," said Don Milton, professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, MD.
Make sure that you are taking care of you and your family, your actions can make the difference. Remember, we are all in this together.