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Dispelling Common Myths behind Wearing Masks

The transmission of respiratory droplets is the most common way that COVID-19 spreads. Wearing a cloth mask creates a physical barrier that makes it harder for droplets to diffuse into the air.





Misconception: Cloth Masks Are Not Effective


The transmission of respiratory droplets is the most common way that COVID-19 spreads. Wearing a cloth mask creates a physical barrier that makes it harder for droplets to diffuse into the air.


A face mask is mainly used to stop you from unknowingly spreading the disease, but studies are indicating that they can also block large droplets from entering your nose and mouth. It also reminds you not to touch your face—another possible way for coronavirus to enter your body.


Misconception: You Only Need a Mask If You Are Sick


People can be infected with COVID-19 yet exhibit no symptoms. Asymptomatic spread is a serious concern for public health. Those who do not wear face masks and are asymptomatic run the risk of infecting at-risk individuals.


Wearing a mask does more than protect you. It also protects others. By doing your part and taking the necessary precautions, it is possible to maintain the spread of serious illness.


Remember that personal protective equipment, like face shields, should only be used by health care professionals. A cloth mask is sufficient and can prevent supply and distribution networks from becoming overwhelmed.


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