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April 22, 2020
We are all doing what we can to social distance to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. While it’s important to stay home as much as we can, there are still situations where it is essential to go in public for groceries, picking up prescriptions, important doctors’ appointments, etc. As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, the CDC is encouraging people to wear fabric face masks in public for essential instances where social distancing may be difficult to maintain.
Wearing cloth face coverings is important in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some people may have the virus and not know it because they aren’t showing symptoms. The face coverings protect those who are wearing them but also help prevent them from transmitting to others.
The CDC offers instructions on how to create your own face coverings from household materials and there are many how-to videos online. Many businesses have also changed their regular operations to create face coverings to help during these times.
If you don't have a fabric mask on hand, a bandana or scarf will suffice. Try to find one with thick fabric and make sure it completely covers your nose and mouth, leaving no gaps between your face and the fabric. It should stay secured tightly until you return home. Make sure you are able to remove the covering without touching your face and wash your hands thoroughly. Wash the mask daily or after every use.
Bazzle Baby Infinity Scarf BandoBib as a Face Mask
*Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2. Consult with your pediatrician before use.
Please note, cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. While a mask can help remind you not to touch your face and reduce exposure to dust, allergens, germs and bodily fluids, it is not a respirator and will not eliminate the risk of contracting disease or infection.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
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