Will a face mask protect me from the new coronavirus?
It depends on the type of mask. A regular surgical mask, the kind most people wear in public, will not protect you against the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This is because they do not provide an airtight seal around your nose and mouth, and are not designed to filter out the virus.
An N95 respirator, the type often worn by health care workers, can provide some protection from the new coronavirus if used properly, because they can filter over 95% of virus particles and seal tightly around the nose and mouth. But these masks aren’t recommended for the general public because they are uncomfortable and hard to use properly.
Should I wear a mask?
Face masks are not recommended for healthy people to protect against coronavirus. However, they are recommended for people who are ill, to help reduce the spread of the virus from droplets released when they cough or sneeze.
How do I use a mask properly?
If you do choose to wear a mask:
- Follow the instructions that come with the mask to ensure a good fit.
- Don’t touch your face while wearing the mask.
- When removing the mask, don’t touch the front, only the ear loops.
- Discard the mask and clean hands after use.
- Do not reuse masks.
What else can I do to stay safe during an outbreak?
- Clean your hands frequently with soap and warm water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face.
- Avoid people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home to avoid infecting others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your arm if you cough or sneeze.
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