The Importance of Wearing a Mask to Help Prevent the Spread of Covid 19

What we know is that face masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  According to the latest news from John Hopkins Medicine, it is possible to have coronavirus without showing symptoms, so they recommend a face covering even if you think you are healthy.
A mask helps contain small droplets that come out of your mouth and/or nose when you talk, sneeze or cough.
If you have COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms, a face mask reduces your chance of spreading the infection to others.
If you are healthy, a mask may protect you from larger droplets from people around you. Read the article

The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when masks are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. CDC article here

How the Virus Spreads?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Important Regular Healthy Habits

Stay at least 6 feet away from others
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Wear your Mask Correctly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent

DIY Mask – All Masks Should Have the Following;

1. Two layers of closed weave fabric.
2. Pocket for removable filter.
3. Comfortable and secure ties. This can be bias tape, elastic, or even cut from t-shirts.

Learn how to make a mask