To help ease anxiety and promote awareness, we thought we’d answer some of the web’s most frequently asked questions surrounding cloth face masks.
Most American citizens have never experienced a pandemic crisis of this scale before, and it’s only natural for this to bring about many uncertainties, myths, and unanswered questions.
To help ease anxiety and promote awareness, we thought we’d answer some of the Web’s most frequently asked questions surrounding the use and purchase of cloth face masks.
Why does the CDC recommend cloth face masks?
The CDC recommends that people who are not health care workers wear cloth face masks rather than medical grade masks. This is because there is a worldwide shortage of N95 respirators and other surgical masks, and the limited supply must be reserved for first responders and those working in hospitals or taking care of COVID-19 patients.
Why do we need to wear masks outside?
Because the coronavirus is mainly spread through airborne particles expelled from a sick person’s nose or mouth, the CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face mask when leaving the house and entering a public setting. This will help protect those around you from getting sick, should you be carrying the virus unknowingly. You do not need to wear a mask when going on a walk or a bike ride around the neighborhood, so long as you stay at least 6 feet away from other pedestrians.
Do I still need to stay 6 feet away from someone if I have a mask on?
Yes. They are meant to complement, not replace, safety measures like social distancing and hand washing. The purpose of cloth face masks and other PPE are to help keep the curve flattened in combination with other preventative measures.
Do cloth masks work?
The purpose of a cloth face mask is to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These masks are made to prevent particles from a sick person’s nose and mouth from becoming airborne and infecting others.
Where can I buy large quantities of face masks for my employees or customers?
When do you need to wear a mask?
Cloth face masks must be worn any time you are in a community setting, especially in situations where social distancing is not enforced or is hard to abide by, like grocery stores or pharmacies.
Can kids wear cloth face masks?
Children under two years of age should not wear cloth face masks. The same applies to anyone who has trouble breathing, is incapacitated or unconscious, or cannot otherwise remove the mask on their own.
If you have any further questions on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to help keep the curve flattened and get America up and running again.