Want to know how you can save a life today?

Wear a mask.

Yes, it’s as simple as that. A mask is a cheap, easy way to keep yourself – and those around you safe.

Need a little more convincing?

Wearing a mask is just as much for you as it is for the people around you. It’s a sign of respect. It’s a way to protect your community and our most vulnerable.

As we learn more about COVID-19 and how it spreads, the official recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is that everyone, including people who feel healthy – should wear a mask or face covering in public settings where it may be difficult to maintain at least 6 feet of space from other people.

“We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

COVID-19 can be spread before symptoms appear and can travel through coughing, eating, sneezing, or even speaking at a close range. A mask is an added layer of protection against respiratory droplets produced when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes.

A mask can also protect you.

How?

Touching our face is second nature to many of us, and by wearing a mask we limit the direct contact of our hands to our nose and mouth, which is a main source of contracting COVID-19.

If we wear masks in public, we protect ourselves from the virus and play a vital role in dramatically decreasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in our communities.