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COVID-19: New Mask Recommendations

We previously uploaded a post highlighting the fact that surgical medical masks are effective for protecting others from any respiratory illness you may have- in this case, possibly COVID-19. This remains true. We use these masks during many sterile procedures, including surgery, biopsies, and wound or burn dressings to protect vulnerable patients from healthcare providers.

This week, the CDC recommended wearing a mask in public. This would include critical trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, etc. This is because many persons infected with COVID-19 will have no immediate symptoms- if they develop symptoms at all. Despite having no symptoms, the persons can still spread the virus, which keeps all of us quarantined.

However, it’s likely that these masks will give wearers a false sense of security. It’s important to note: a surgical mask (homemade or medical grade) does not protect the wearer from contracting COVID-19. In fact, it protects others from contracting Coronavirus from the wearer. In short, this only works if we all do it.

We’re in this together. We all need each other. We all need to protect one another.

Masks are just about impossible to find these days, so the CDC recommend making your own face covering at home. There are sew and non-sew options available here.

Since this post isn’t comprehensive and new information becomes available daily, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website for the most up to date information on COVID-19.

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