How and Why You Should be Wearing a Face Masks

Here is some important information how and why you should be wearing a face covering when you leave the house.

Q. Who should be wearing a face covering?
A. Everyone who leaves the house and is older than two years of age should wear a protective face covering, especially in places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, like the grocery store. This step, in addition to hand washing and social distancing, will help keep you healthy. It will also help prevent you from spreading COVID-19, which can happen even if you feel fine.

Q. Does it have to be a mask? I heard those are in short supply.
A. Medical-quality masks are definitely in demand and should be reserved for healthcare workers. Fortunately, a cloth face covering made from common materials at low cost can be used as a public health measure.

Q. Can I make a face covering even if I don’t have a sewing machine?
A. Yes you can! You can fashion one from a t-shirt, cloth strip or bandana. The CDC provides simple instructions here. Make sure you use a fabric that can be washed in the washing machine.

Q. How should I clean my face covering?
A. You don’t need to sterilize it; you just need to clean it thoroughly. Running it through the washing machine will suffice. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you remove it, and be sure not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth with the outside of the face covering or your hands.

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