Wear Face Masks

The CDC now recommends that everyone wear face masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to the community. Some people who are infected never become ill, but can still spread the disease to other community members. You can buy masks or make your own. If you make your own mask, it is best made from cotton material. There are tutorials for those of you who sew. For those who don’t sew, you can use an old t-shirt to make a face mask. Tests at the University of Arizona and other research groups indicate that including a vacuum bag filter in a mask provides even better protection than cloth alone. Wearing a mask is most effective at helping you protect those around you from any germs you may be carrying, but, remember, even if you wear a mask you may still get infected.  Even when you wear a face mask, it is important that you continue to keep six feet between yourself and other people. Masks labelled as “N95 masks” should be kept for our healthcare workers and first responders who get exposed to the virus daily.

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