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:
- 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.
- Wear your face covering correctly.
Be sure to cover your mouth and nose and secure your mask under your chin.
- Follow everyday health habits.
Be sure to continue practicing social distancing and avoiding contact with sick people. Wash your hands often!
- 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.