Who Needs to Wear a Mask?
The CDC recommends that both healthy children and adults wear masks, except for young ones under the age of 2 or those who suffer from breathing difficulties.
Cloth and fabric masks work well enough for the safety of the general public, while medical professionals are encouraged to obtain medical-grade surgical masks or N95 respirators.
Other groups of people who would benefit most from a surgical mask are people with Covid-19 symptoms, those caring for someone with Covid-19, people with other medical conditions, and the elderly.
Reasons to Wear A Face Mask
1. They Reduce the Spread of the Virus
You must wear your mask properly –that is, over your nose and mouth—for it to work efficiently.
The CDC also suggests washing your hands before putting on your face mask, as well as washing it every single day before you go leave the house. Of course, the CDC also encourages you to stay home if it is not necessary to leave the house.
2. You Protect Others
The CDC states that an estimated 50% of transmission happens through asymptomatic spread, so it is paramount to wear a mask even (especially!) if you are healthy.
By helping each other stay safe, we are partaking in what some call “social responsibility,” or the idea that we can watch out for each other as a way of caring for and preserving our society.
3. They Are the Law
Many states, such as: New York, New Jersey, California, Washington, Utah and North Carolina have had face masks mandates for a while.
If you live in a state where face coverings are the law, you must follow the law and wear a mask properly to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
4. It Is an Easy Solution
It is cheap, it is efficient, and it is not extremely inconvenient to: wear a mask, frequently wash your hands, and stand 6 feet apart from others. Despite what some people may say, fabric masks are effective as they create a barrier between you and those around you. The droplets that spread Coronavirus when someone coughs or sneezes will be more difficult to catch.
Is There Covid-19 Testing Near Me?
Even if you wear a mask, remember to avoid touching your face. If you begin to feel any symptoms related to Coronavirus, such as: fever, dry cough, migraines, difficulty breathing or loss of taste or smell, call your medical provider and make your appointment online (or call us at 562.592.2890) to take your Covid-19 test today.
If you are located in Orange County, such as in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Westminster, Seal Beach, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton, Rossmoor, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Cypress, Tustin, Orange, Hawaiian Gardens, and other areas of Southern California, we are the Covid-19 Testing Lab near you.