With the fallout from COVID-19 still uncertain in communities across the US and the world, cloth face masks are becoming the new normal. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus and lower the risk of transmitting the virus through respiratory particles expelled through coughing, sneezing, and even when speaking.
Because it is possible to carry the virus even if a person doesn’t feel sick or have any symptoms, cloth masks are seen as a courtesy to the community and a viable solution to help slow the spread of the virus. It is recommended that they are worn in public places, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential businesses.
While cloth face masks are not comparable to the N95 respirators that are recommended for use in hospital and emergency room settings, these masks are a great, reusable option for daily use for the general public, and leave N95 respirators for hospital staff and other care providers.
For more information about the CDC recommendation and COVID 19 visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html