As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our region, it is essential to take steps to protect yourself and others. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. These droplets travel into the air when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout, or sing.
Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others. You should wear a mask, even if you do not feel sick. Studies found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can still spread the virus to others.
Wearing a mask protects you and those around you if you are infected but not showing symptoms. Make sure your mask covers your nose, mouth, and chin. If you adjust your mask to cover those areas, wash your hands before and after. Visit the Centres for Disease and Prevention (CDC) for more guidance on mask wearing.
Don't forget, in addition to wearing a mask, wash your hands regularly, stay six feet apart, and stay home, if you can, to slow the spread of COVID-19.