Will Face Masks Protect Me against Novel Coronavirus?

Will Face Masks Protect Me against Novel Coronavirus?


Hi my name is Tracy and I’m a nurse
working at Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Center. We all want to protect
ourselves and our family against illness and being concerned about the novel
coronavirus is completely understandable. The good news is that there is no
evidence that the virus is currently circulating in Santa Clara County. You may see some people buying
and wearing face masks, but you should know that the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not currently recommend
that healthy people wear them to avoid getting the novel coronavirus. A virus can be spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes and expels droplets into the air. If you come into contact with droplets either in the air or by touching a surface that has droplets on it and touch your mouth, nose,
or eyes, you too can get sick. I need to emphasize that right now we do not have
novel coronavirus circulating in the community. In addition, if it were here, we don’t
have evidence that wearing a face mask will protect you from the virus,
just as we don’t have solid evidence that wearing a face mask will prevent
you from getting the flu. In short, we don’t recommend widespread
facemask use in the height of the flu season and we’re not recommending face masks as a
way to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus. To avoid getting sick, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you wash
your hands often to protect from germs. If soap and water are not available, use
an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Do not touch your mouth nose or eyes to avoid
the spread of germs. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces especially when someone is ill. Taking these actions will go a long way towards keeping
you and your family members healthy. Thank you.

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