To mask or not to mask?

March 21, 2020 Providence Health Team

Caregivers need masks to treat the ill. That's a fact. People who are showing symptoms also need masks to protect others. Another fact.

There's been some confusion about who should wear masks during the coronavirus outbreak, and we gathered some insights from our clinical experts on the matter. 

Net: If you have the symptoms and find yourself sneezing or coughing, you should wear a mask. COVID-19 is transmitted through droplets, so protecting others from your sneezes or coughs with a mask is recommended.

Here's a little video from our Talk with a doc podcast series about this topic: 

Unless you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 - fever, sneezing, coughing - do others a favor and save the masks for those who need it most - patients with the virus and the caregivers who are fighting to save their lives. 

Your community and society overall will thank you! 

To learn more about the importance of masks, especially for caregivers treating patients, visit the Providence 100 million mask website

Stay safe and wash your hands :) 

 

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The Providence Health Team brings together caregivers from diverse backgrounds to bring you clinically-sound, data-driven advice to help you live your happiest and healthiest selves.

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