As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic spreads many people are wondering if you need to wear a face mask while going out in public or not.
The Doctors note there is a major shortage of vital medical supplies, like masks, which healthcare workers need most. Some people are now using cloth masks, and while not as effective as a medical-grade mask or a surgical mask, these do provide some level of protection, but there are some things to keep in mind if using a homemade cloth mask.
- Using a cloth mask may create a false sense of security
- Remember to still social distance (stay 6 feet away from others) while using
- Avoid the urge to touch or fiddle with the mask
- People who should consider wearing a mask in public include: sick people, those caring for the sick, healthcare workers, and possibly essential workers who come in contact with the public, and possibly the elderly
The Doctors also remind everyone to wash their hands before and after using a mask and if someone has a stockpile of masks, please consider donating these vital supplies to a local hospital.
Get more tips on how to properly wear a face mask in the video below.
*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.