What about face masks?

While washing your hands often and practicing social distancing are still the best ways to protect yourself and others, the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends covering your face when you need to leave your house. While most experts do not recommend those who aren’t health care workers from wearing medical masks, such as the N 95, they do suggest a cloth mask, a scarf, or bandana to protect others in case you’re sick to reduce the chance of spreading the disease, even if you don’t have symptoms.

There are many instructions online how to make your own masks using fabric and rubber bands. You should also be careful when taking your mask off, being sure to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after removing it, and wash your mask regularly, with your normal laundry.

But even if you cover your face, it’s still safest to stay at home except when it’s necessary. And remember, when you’re in public, do your best to stay at least 6 feet, 2 meters, away from others.

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