Should I wear a mask?

With rates of COVID-19 spiking in certain regions, while the country begins reopening, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) continues to urge everyone to cover their face when in public. 

Mounting evidence shows that the virus can infect anyone and that people can spread the virus before they even know they have it. Wearing a cloth or homemade mask during those infrequent times when you need to be out in public, like going to the grocery store, will help prevent sick individuals from infecting others and slow the spread of the virus.

In essence, I wear a mask to protect you. You wear a mask to protect me. Face masks help to protect you and others around you from infectious droplets emitted when someone talks, breathes, coughs, or sneezes. These particles can remain airborne for up to three hours.


When deciding on a mask, it's better for the public to use a cloth or homemade option, rather than the N95, the tighter fitting mask designed for professional use.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone above the age of two should wear a face covering to minimize the risk of contracting, and spreading COVID-19 while in public settings. 

While it's important to always know when to go to the emergency room, social distancing and staying home as much as possible are still the best ways to help flatten the curve and prevent our health care system from becoming overwhelmed. 

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