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Should I wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Yes. At least one-third of people infected with the novel coronavirus will not exhibit symptoms and could be able to spread COVID-19 to others by breathing or talking. Furthermore, those who are infected and who are coughing or sneezing can spread COVID-19 readily. Because of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that, in addition to staying as far away from one another as possible, we should all wear masks, regardless of how healthy we may be feeling, especially in enclosed spaces like grocery stores or pharmacies. This will help prevent us from unknowingly spreading the disease to others, and provide a limited degree of protection from contracting the virus from others.
As of January 29, 2021, masks are currently required on all public transportation within, in, and out of the United States including airplanes and ride-shares like Uber and Lyft.
There is currently a shortage of manufactured masks like N95 respirators and surgical masks, and these should go to healthcare providers, who are at highest risk of becoming infected, first. KN95 respirators, cloth masks, and disposable masks are all great options to help prevent you from spreading COVID-19.
It is very important to learn how to safely put on, wear, and take off masks. To learn how to use your mask effectively please visit this resource.
Updated 16 February 2021