There is conflicting information on whether or not masks can help prevent COVID-19. Studies have shown that wearing a cloth mask lowers the risk of getting COVID. This is in comparison to not wearing a mask. Cloth masks are almost as good as medical masks in reducing the spread of infection.
You can use cloth masks, disposable paper masks, surgical masks, N95 masks, and other types of masks with filters. Do not use holiday masks, celebration masks, costume masks, skincare masks, sleep masks, or decorative masks. You can use cloth to make masks or bandanas. It is better to wear masks rated to filter out particles, such as N95 masks.
Masks work by blocking the spread of particles and germs when you breathe or speak. They can also slow the spread of germs when you breathe. Masks do not fully stop you from getting COVID-19. Germs can still flow up and through any gaps in between your skin and the mask. It is better to wear a mask than to not wear one. There will be fewer germs that can spread. Health professionals highly encourage that you wear a mask when you go outside or to a public place. Remember to wash or change your mask often.
-APPE Student Class of 2021