• Sun. Apr 18th, 2021

St Louis News: Use of Masks by the General Public

St Louis News: Use of Masks by the General Public

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain

ST LOUIS, MO (STL.News) SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that has emerged and caused coronavirus disease (abbreviated as COVID-19).  Public health experts continue to learn about COVID-19; however, based on current data and similar coronaviruses, the virus is believed to be spread between close contacts via respiratory droplets or contact with contaminated surfaces.  While staying home, social distancing and strict hand hygiene are still the preferred methods for preventing further spread of COVID-19.  Facemasks are one more tool that may be used by the general public and essential workers to protect each other from respiratory droplets produced when we cough, sneeze or talk.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.  CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

The most effective measures for preventing further spread of COVID-19 remain staying home when you are sick, maintain physical separation between other people while out in public (at least 6 feet), and frequently washing your hands with either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

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