The CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.
Here are some FAQ to help you understand the why, the what and the how.
When do I need to wear a cloth face covering?
A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are in a community setting, including at the grocery store and the pharmacy. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
Do I still need to stay at least 6 feet away from people if wearing a cloth face covering?
Yes. Wearing cloth face coverings is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The CDC still recommends that you stay at least 6 feet away from other people, frequent hand cleaning and stay at home as much as possible.
What type of cloth face covering should be worn?
Cloth face coverings can be purchased or made at home from common materials at a low cost.
Who should not wear cloth face coverings?
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance. They should not be worn if you are driving by yourself in the car.
Why is CDC recommending cloth face coverings instead of medical grade facemasks?
Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders. Hopefully you will be properly following the social distancing guideline and won’t need one.
Stay safe and wear those face coverings anytime you go out. Let’s stop the curve.