Effectiveness of Masks
One of the best ways to protect yourself, your loved ones and the people in your community from COVID-19 and its spread is to wear a mask when going out in public. Masks provide a barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling through the air.
The latest scientific studies show masks reduce the spray of respiratory droplets when the mask is worn over the nose and mouth.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wears masks in public and when around others who don’t live in their household. This is especially important when social distancing—maintaining six feet of distance between yourself and others—is difficult. Coronavirus can be spread by people who don’t have symptoms and don’t know they are infected.
According to the CDC, masks should not be worn by:
- Children under the age of 2
- Anyone who has trouble breathing
- A person who is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance