- 1 What are the risks of wearing an extra mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- 2 Does wearing a mask harm your health?
- 3 When should you wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- 4 How can surgical masks protect me from COVID-19?
- 5 How does wearing masks help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease?
- 6 Why is it recommended to wear a mask during COVID-19?
- 7 Can I wear two disposable masks to protect against COVID-19?
- 8 Can face coverings reduce the risk of COVID-19?
What are the risks of wearing an extra mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Adding an extra layer or mask could block vision. Reduced vision could lead to trips, falls, or other injuries.
Does wearing a mask harm your health?
No, wearing a mask will not harm your health even if you are sick with a cold or allergies. If your mask gets too moist just make sure you are changing it regularly.
When should you wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?
CDC recommends that people consistently and correctly wear masks in all public settings, when they are with anyone who does not live with them (including inside their own home), and when taking care of someone who has COVID-19.
How can surgical masks protect me from COVID-19?
If worn properly, a surgical mask is meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose. Surgical masks may also help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others.
Wearing masks is a CDC-recommended* approach to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), by reducing the spread of respiratory droplets into the air when a person coughs, sneezes, or talks and by reducing the inhalation of these droplets by the wearer.
Why is it recommended to wear a mask during COVID-19?
SARS-CoV-2 infection is transmitted predominately by respiratory droplets generated when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe. CDC recommends community use of masks, specifically non-valved multi-layer cloth masks, to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Masks are primarily intended to reduce the emission of virus-laden droplets (“source control”), which is especially relevant for asymptomatic or presymptomatic infected wearers who feel well and may be unaware of their infectiousness to others, and who are estimated to account for more than 50% of transmissions.1,2 Masks also help reduce inhalation of these droplets by the wearer (“filtration for personal protection”). The community benefit of masking for SARS-CoV-2 control is due to the combination of these effects; individual prevention benefit increases with increasing numbers of people using masks consistently and correctly.
Can I wear two disposable masks to protect against COVID-19?
Disposable masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit.
Can face coverings reduce the risk of COVID-19?
A study of an outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an environment notable for congregate living quarters and close working environments, found that use of face coverings on-board was associated with a 70% reduced risk.