CDC recommends that everyone wear a face mask while out in public
Face masks limit the spread of virus. Wearing a mask protects others, by keeping your breath and cough away from them. It adds another layer of protection (like physical distance) to prevent you from spreading germs to others if you don’t know whether you have a virus.
A cotton mask is a good option. When you wear a cotton mask, change it when it gets wet -- including condensation from your breath. Wash it in hot water with regular detergent.
Members of the public shouldn’t be wearing surgical masks or N-95 respirators – those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
To guard your own health, your best protection is to:
- wash your hands often and well
- don't touch your face . . . germs enter via eyes, nose, mouth
- stay home
- when you must be out, stay at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household
- wash your hands again
If you get sick, we're here if you need us. (We'll be the ones in surgical masks.)