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Should I Be Wearing a Mask in Public?

“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized. It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that.” ~ Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams

Over the weekend, the White House Coronavirus Task Force urged Americans to avoid going to grocery stores and pharmacies for the next two weeks. The coronavirus pandemic is expected to worsen across the country. As we close in on the two-week peak of the coronavirus spread, we are receiving more urgent messages from the White House, CDC, and Surgeon General.

  1. Wear a face covering
  2. Avoid grocery stores and pharmacies

Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams warns Americans to wear a facemask whenever in a situation where social distancing may be difficult. Situations like going to the grocery store or the pharmacy.


Changes Made to CDC/White House Guidelines Regarding Mask Usage

This warning came Saturday after weeks of mixed messages involving the use of face masks. Prior messages deemed them ineffective and unnecessary. Research has found that many have and are able to pass the virus without having any symptoms. The coronavirus can be passed prior to developing fever and cough, via coughs, speech, and sneezes. This pre-symptomatic stage is the most contagious period. A facemask may prevent the spread and protect our communities.

Americans are being urged to make their own (if needed) and to not purchase N95 respirator masks. They are in short supply and are needed by medical workers and first responders. You can find easy patterns at www.cdc.gov.


According to the CDC, cloth facemasks should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Do not use masks on children under 2, on anyone who has trouble breathing, and on anyone unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask on their own. 

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