Coronavirus: Do You Need to Wear a Face Mask in Public?

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Are you considering wearing a mask when going in public in order to help minimize your risk of getting coronavirus? A mask may reduce your risk of coming in contact with airborne particles, like droplets that could contain the virus. 

The Doctors note some things to consider. First, there is a serious shortage of masks in America, which health care workers need most. Second, The CDC recommends "wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission."

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The effectiveness of DIY masks (using cotton materials) is not entirely known, but some experts think it could help with the spread of the disease, but these experts also stress the use of masks should be done in conjunction with hand-washing (or hand sanitizer if soap and water is not immediately available, remembering to wash your hands when possible after using the hand sanitizer) and remaining 6 feet away from others, and should not replace these methods or lull people into a false sense of security while wearing one. They also note touching the mask with your hands or fidgeting with it is not ideal and could inadvertently infect it with whatever your hands have come in contact with.

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If you are having trouble finding a mask online or at a store, it is easy to make a DIY face mask from items you may already have at home. There are numerous online tutorials available, and some can be done without even having to sew anything. Watch 3 DIY face mask video below:

Again, The Doctors stress the most effective method for not getting coronavirus is proper and frequent hand washing and staying home or away from others while in public (6 feet at all times).

*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.

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