Face Mask Tips and Guidelines
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues through much of the world many governments have recommended or mandated that people wear masks while practicing social distancing for their protection. They also stress that in order to ensure healthcare workers are able to access much needed equipment that those that are not immunosuppressed/compromised or sick refrain from using PPE (personal protective equipment) or medical surgical masks.
- Do not place masks on children 2 years of age and under
- Wear mask whenever you go out
- Make sure mask covers nose and mouth
- Make sure you can breathe through mask
- Wash mask frequently
- Do not use masks intended for healthcare workers (PPE & surgical mask)
Who Should Not Wear Masks
- Children under age 2
- Anyone who has trouble breathing
- Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance
- Anyone who has a disability that prevents wearing a mask. People with disabilities who are unable to wear a mask are provided reasonable accommodations per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read “Should I wear a face mask?” on https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Documents/coronavirus_FAQ.pdf
What if I Cannot Find/Make a Mask
During this public health emergency, surgical and N-95 masks are reserved for health care workers and first responders. To reduce the risk of transmission, you may use scarves, bandana-style neck covers and other similar face covers to cover your mouth, nose and the sides of your face. A cloth mask is better than not having a mask at all to prevent the spread of disease and protect the people around you.