FACT: COVID can be spread by people who show no symptoms. Wearing a face covering in public can help reduce this kind of transmission.
FACT: Everyone over the age of 2 years old should wear a face covering when in public (especially when social distancing is difficult or impossible).
FACT: With infected with COVID-19, a face-covering helps keep the respiratory droplets that carry COVID-19 contained so they don’t spread to other people. It’s unclear how long any immunity protection may last, so all are encouraged to continue wearing a mask when out.
FACT: There are options that slow the spread of COVID for those unable to wear facemasks. The CDC website has guidance and alternatives.
How to Wear a Face Covering
- Your face covering should cover both your nose and mouth.
- It should fit snugly against the sides of your face, and should never be worn below the chin or on the forehead.
- If your face covering is made of cloth, be sure to wash it after each use.
- Need help making your own mask? Visit the CDC website for simple how-to directions.
Source: ©2020 American Hospital Association | July 2020