face maskA few days ago, our team took the time to remind our readers about the importance of wearing a face mask. If you want to prevent another shutdown and protect yourself, then wear a face-covering! Masks help prevent the spread of coronavirus by as much as 50% and help save lives. Though the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends widespread use of face coverings, we would like to point out that there are exceptions to this suggestion.

Below is a list of people and situations in which wearing a cloth-face mask is not recommended:

  • Children under the age of 2 years old
  • Children and adults with developmental disabilities or mental health conditions
  • Anybody who has trouble breathing
  • Anyone unconscious
  • A person who is unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance
  • People who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Professionals who care for or interact with someone who is hearing impaired
  • When engaged in activities that could cause the mask to become wet (when at the beach)
  • Anyone who is focused on high-intensity activities

Wearing a face mask may not be possible in every situation, so looking for alternatives is a must if one of the scenarios above applies to you. Please remember that face coverings alone is only part of the solution to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having continuous preventative practices, like frequent hand washing, is the only way to slow the spread. Practice social distancing, take care of your mental health, and stay positive. Don’t let COVID-19 get you down. We will get through this.

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or crowded areas. For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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