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Should you wear a face mask in public? The short answer is yes.
But, should you wear a HOMEMADE face covering? The CDC says, yes, you should.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where otherCDC
social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and
pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of
the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from
transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household
items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
These coverings will help slow down the virus from spreading from person to person.
The face coverings also protect OTHER PEOPLE, in case you have the virus, and don’t yet know it.
Now, it’s important to note that wearing face coverings DO NOT take the place of washing hands. You should totally still wash your hands — all of the time. But, these coverings are IN ADDITION TO hygiene practices, like washing hands.
The CDC also recommends that you DO NOT put face masks or face coverings on children under 2 years old. This is IMPORTANT.
People should also avoid wearing face coverings if “anyone has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.The CDC Website
You should always machine wash your mask after each use, and don’t forget to wash your hands after putting the mask in the machine!
You can dry it in a dryer, or hand it outside to dry in the sun.
If the integrity of the face mask is damaged in the washing process, discard that mask, and make a new one.
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.The CDC Website