Wearing a face mask is a requirement for anyone over the age of 2. Most citizens respect the guidelines but a small few still don’t feel the need to wear one when they’re out and about. It is true that wearing a face mask with other social distancing practices can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Research shows that COVID-19 is spread person-person through coughing, sneezing, and talking. That is why having a face mask is very important. It not only protects yourself but everyone around you.
What About Outside?
The CDC states that a mask is effective while outside in public. But there are certain activities that do not require a mask. To be more specific, a mask is not necessary for running, going for walks, mowing the lawn, gardening or other activities that are on or near your property. Even so, maintaining at least 6ft is still important.
The Difference Between Reusable and Surgical Masks:
The Department of Health broke down the effectiveness and the difference between the two. Surgical masks are fluid resistant, and create a barrier to the virus. The limitations are that they’re not reusable, the supply has become limited due to high demand. Reusable masks cut the likelihood of transmitting COVID-19 but have not proven to protect health care staff or patients. Reusable masks are recommended for asymptomatic people. If one decides to wear one, it is important to wash it regularly. This is from of the build up of moisture and bacteria which makes it uncomfortable to wear and can make one sick. Regardless, both masks should be disposed properly.
Do’s and Don’ts
Because everyone should be wearing a mask, it is important to know the do’s and don’ts for wearing one. Do wash your hands regularly, inspect for tears and holes, avoid touching your mask and keep the mask away from surfaces. Some don’ts include not wearing a loose mask, and do not wear the mask only over the mouth or nose. If wearing a surgical mask, do not re-use it.
Remember that though it is important to wear a face mask, making sure you are also distancing yourself and washing your hands regularly is just as important.