Do I need a mask?
There’s a major shortage of masks and other protective gear in hospitals around the country. Healthcare workers are getting sick, and hundreds are already in quarantine from exposure. Part of this problem has come from the general public buying up masks.
To protect yourself from COVID-19, it’s more important to practice social distancing and focus on good hygiene including washing your hands with soap and water often, and daily disinfecting of surfaces which get touched often. There’s some thought the unapproved face masks may be harmful because they retain moisture and give a false sense of security. In addition, individuals end up touching their nose and mouth more as they fiddle with them.
If you have access to masks please donate them to your local hospital. If the health care workers stay safe and can continue to work, you will be safer.
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