Masks Are More Important Than Ever: Slow the Spread

Masks Are More Important Than Ever: Slow the Spread

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People are getting out more as local restrictions ease allowing restaurants, businesses and schools to open with specific guidelines to reduce the threat of coronavirus transmission. Social distancing of 6 ft. or more, frequent hand sanitizing, and masks are the basic precautions.

Masks seem to be the most challenging precaution for some people. They feel odd, they may make us self-conscious.  Masks are critical, they protect others from you, and you from others. Any one of us could be a super spreader without knowing we carry the virus. We have a social, moral and theological responsibility to follow these guidelines. We must love our neighbor as ourselves!
 
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that consistent mask wearing starting today could save 70,000 lives in the coming months. Imagine, we can help save 70,000 lives!
 
While research has shown that even crude cloth face coverings help reduce the spread of the virus and deaths from COVID-19, there are ways to make sure you are doing your best to protect yourself and others.


How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask 

Select:    
  • Everyone over two years of age should wear a mask
  • Children under two and people with breathing issues should not wear a mask
  • Wear a mask with two or more layers of washable fabric (gaiters may not be effective)
  • Save the N95 respirators for healthcare workers
Wear:
  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
  • Make sure the mask is covering your nose and mouth and secure under your chin
  • Make sure the mask is snug on the sides of your face
  • Remove a mask by touching only the ties or ear loops, fold the outside corners together, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands after removing your mask
Clean:
  • Wash your mask with your regular laundry
  • Use laundry detergent and the warmest water for the fabric
  • Use the highest heat in the dryer or air dry in the sun if possible
I'll wear my mask, please wear yours!
 Do not wear a mask:
  • On your forehead
  • Under your nose
  • Only on your nose
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Author

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Deborah Ringen

Deborah Ringen is Transitional Minister of Health and Wellness for the Southern New England Conference, UCC.

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