A woman wearing a mask.

Why Do You Wear a Mask?

Masks should have three layers, personal spacing is a must and hand hygiene is critical. And don’t touch your face! Image by Juraj Varga from Pixabay.

In a recent press briefing, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, director general of the World Health Organization, warned all of us that while wearing masks in public is a great idea, there is more to consider.

“Masks can create a false sense of security, leading people to neglect measures like hand hygiene and physical distancing,” Adhanom said. “Masks alone will not protect you from COVID-19.” (Source: AOL News)

Over 50 countries have mandates in favor of wearing face masks when out in public. In the U.S. it depends on the state or even individual store.

WHO recommends that fabric masks consist of at least three layers of different material. Be aware that you can get the virus when you touch your mask with contaminated hands or constantly take it off.

According to Adhanom, masks should be used only as part of a comprehensive strategy that incudes social distancing of at least six feet and maintaining proper hand hygiene. Of course, you should always stay home if you’re feeling ill or have been exposed to someone else who is ill.

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