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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 and vaccinated people with weakened immune systems wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, while visiting your doctor, and traveling on public transportation.
The virus can spread via respiratory droplets between people interacting in close proximity, such as coughing, sneezing or talking. Read more about how COVID-19 spreads. Wearing a face covering in public can help protect others if you are infected with the virus and don’t know it, since you can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
If we all abide, we’ll all be better protected.
Although cloth masks don’t provide the same level of protection as medical-grade masks, they still act as physical barriers against viral droplets.
Here are some dos and don’ts of wearing face masks/cloth face coverings:
At Edward-Elmhurst Health, our top priority is the safety and protection of patients, staff, physicians and the community. For updates on our planning and response efforts as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19, please check EEHealth.org/coronavirus.
The information in this article may change at any time due to the changing landscape of this pandemic. Read the latest on COVID-19.
Face masks: make one, don’t take one
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