Why Wear A Mask?

Cloth barrier prevents virus spread
source: CDC.gov
  • Why wear a facemask?
    • Wearing a mask is a primary form of “Source Control” -  or the prevention of infected (even asymptomatic) individuals from spreading disease
  • How does wearing a facemask help with source control?
    • Cloth face coverings are recommended by the CDC as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people - for example, when you cough, sneeze, talk, or raise your voice. 
  • Is there any science to back this up?
    • In addition to the scientific and medical community identifying the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 - clinical and laboratory studies have shown cloth face coverings reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. 
  • Who should wear a mask?
    • Everyone over 2-years of age.
  • When should I wear it?
    • Public settings
    • When you’re around people who don’t live in your household
    • When social distancing is hard to maintain
    • If you’re sick or think you might be.