You can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.

As we learn that COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets from an infected person, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering to help stop the spread of the virus. This is important as it will help protect those around you – especially those at a higher risk of severe illness.

While wearing a face covering, consider the following:

  1. Wear a cloth face covering and not surgical masks or N95 respirators.
    These critical supplies should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  2. Wear your face covering correctly. 
    Be sure to cover your mouth and nose and secure your mask under your chin.
  3. Follow everyday health habits.
    Be sure to continue practicing social distancing and avoiding contact with sick people. Wash your hands often!
  4. Take off your cloth face-covering carefully when you are home.
    Be sure you wash your face covering to ensure it’s clean for each use.

If you don’t have a face covering, they are simple to make at home.  Follow these simple instructions to create one.

For more information on the importance of face coverings, visit the CDC site.