Why wear a face covering?
Per the public health recent information, covering your nose and mouth can slow the spread of COVID-19.
Individuals can be contagious before onset symptoms. You may be contagious and not know it. By covering your nose and mouth, it can limit the spread of COVID-19.
We touch our face less when our face is covered. Touching your face after touching something contaminated with COVID-19 increases your chances of getting sick with COVID-19.
Why now and not before?
The face covering was not previously recommended for the general public for protection from getting COVID-19. We are learning that individuals may be contagious and spread COVID-19 without their knowledge, even if they do not have symptoms. This new information suggests that a face cover may protect others from infection. Wearing a face cover may help prevent droplets that might be infectious.
When should I wear a face mask?
You are asked to wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when you must be in public for essential activities, such as shopping at the grocery store. Wearing a cloth face covering does not eliminate the need to physically distance yourself from others and to wash your hands frequently
Acceptable, reusable face covering options for the general public include:
- Neck Gaiter
- Homemade face covering
- Tightly woven fabric, such as cotton T shirts and some type of towels
Is face cover required?
Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Face coverings are an additional tool that individuals should use to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Should Children wear face Mask?
Children under the age of 2 (including infants) should not wear cloth face coverings. Those between the ages of 2 and 8 should use them but under adult supervision to ensure that the child can breathe safely and avoid choking or suffocation. Children with breathing problems should not wear a face covering.
Guide for COVID-19 Face Coverings