Experts agree that wearing face masks can protect people’s health and slow the spread of COVID-19. That’s because the novel coronavirus can be transmitted through respiratory droplets that get into the air from sneezing, coughing or even speaking. A mask acts as a barrier, stopping those droplets before they reach another person.
But a mask is only effective if it’s worn correctly. Here are the do’s and don'ts of wearing a face mask.
When you wear a mask, you’re making an effort to protect the health of others in your community, and you may also be keeping yourself and the people you love safe from COVID-19. Wearing a mask shows that you care.
To stock up on masks for everyone in your family, watch this videoof Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., who talks about how you can make your own mask using common household items.