Face coverings are not a substitute for staying home to protect yourself and your family from coronavirus (COVID-19), but the CDC does recommend wearing simple cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain - like grocery stores and pharmacies.
We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. Cloth face coverings can help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
Do not purchase medical masks such as surgical and N95 respirator masks, as these are in short supply and needed most by health care professionals.
Do cover your face with a bandana, neck gaiter or homemade face covering. Don’t have these items or access to a sewing machine? You can make a quick and easy cloth face coverings using a scarf, T-Shirt or fabric. Learn how to make a DIY face covering in minutes: https://www.cdc.gov/…/preven…/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html/
The most effective way to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community is by staying home. If you must be out for essential activity, such as grocery shopping, picking up a prescription, going to and from work and seeking medical care, be sure to practice safe social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people at all times. This includes outdoor spaces like parks and trails.