WHY WEAR A FACE MASK
Consistently wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, washing your hands, and practicing physical distancing will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and save lives. When all of us wear masks, we protect each other. Wearing a mask is not just about keeping ourselves safe, it’s about keeping everyone safe -- at work, in the community, and at home. Wearing a mask sends a visual signal that you understand the importance of physical distancing and following healthy behaviors.
FACE MASKS SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS
Wearing a face mask helps to prevent the virus from entering the air where it can be inhaled by others. Masks trap the virus droplets in their fibers. When combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, face masks help prevent people from unknowingly spreading the virus. Wearing a mask properly can act as a conscious reminder not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
WHEN TO WEAR A FACE MASK
Make it a habit to wear a face mask every time you leave home, and especially when you may come into contact with others. You never know when you will stop to talk to a neighbor or delivery person, or pass a jogger. Although you may think it is easy to keep six feet from others outside, it’s not always possible. Keep your pouch of masks on hand as much as possible, keep one in your handbag, your car and your carry on luggage.